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CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
big focus is on the fiscal cliff. washington has less than 48 hours to make a deal before billions in tax increases and spending cuts take effect. senate negotiators stayed late into the night trying to work out a plan that would pass a vote. both houses of congress would convene later this afternoon in a rare sunday session. in his weekly address, the president took his message directly to the public calling for congress to come together to pass a deal. >> for the past couple months, i have been working with people in both parties with the help of business leaders and ordinary americans to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits. it's a balance plan. one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. and i'll keep working with anybody who's serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done because it's the right thing to do for our economic growth. but we're now at the point where in just a couple of days the law says that every american's tax rates are going up.
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
headquarters in atlanta. i'm in for fredricka whitfield. good to be with you. >>> fiscal cliff talks, we are at a standstill, 32 hours before we reach the edge of this press cis miss. senate sfleshts taken the time out to speak after the butting heads on two key issue, one involving tax rates, the other social security. ali velshi is in new york, dana bash is live on capitol hill. we will start with you, dana. what has gotten lawmakers now not seeing eye to eye? >> reporter: actually, let me answer that by asking one of the members of the senate republican leadership, senator john thune, who just came out of the senate republican meet egg. senator, can you tell us where do things stand as far as republicans feel? >> well, look, republicans advanced a proposal last night. you heard senator mcconnell talk about that on the floor. we are still awaiting a counteroffer by the democrats. and there was an indication that we could have received that by 10:00 this morning. we have yet to receive it. but there are discussions that continue. senator mcconnell and vice president biden are continuing to discuss this and we think there p
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
>>> 6:00 on the east coast. just 30 hours remain before the country goes over the fiscal cliff, and we're still waiting for a deal. good evening. i'm chris jansing. the senate is going home for tonight. democratic and republican leaders had hoped to reach an agreement by 3:00 this afternoon. >> i was really glad to hear republicans have taken their demand for social security benefit cuts off the table. the truth is, it should never have been on the table to begin with. there's still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. there's still time left to reach an agreement, and we intend to continue negotiations. i ask unanimous content that the senate proceed tomorrow morning. >> earlier, they took to the floor to explain the setback in negotiations this morning. >> i'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. i think we all know we're running out of time. this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i'm interested in getting a result
FOX
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am EST
stories coming out of d.c. just less than two days to go until we go over the fiscal cliff and we are hours away from the redskins-cowboys game for the nfc east title. >>> good morning. i'm melanie alnwick. we are all over both stories. we will have a live interview on the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations and hear from the big skins players this evening. what will the weather be like at kickoff? we have run the gamut when it comes to mother nature in recent days. many parts of our regions saw snow as well as snow and slush made it difficult on some of the roads. fast forward and here's how things are looking out right now. much of the snow and slush gone but it is windy and cold out there. gwen tolbart has the latest on the weather. [ no audio ] [ no audio ] >> can you hear me? where we've got the satellite radar composite and you can see where all the snow has moved off to the northeast and headed to the canadian maritime. here at home, things are different. clouds rolling in across the area but we will see clear skies into the course of tonight. not bad with a few clouds hanging around.
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 7:30am PST
some serious stuff to catch up on. >> we are starting with the fiscal cliff talks. today senate leaders are continuing to work to reach an 11th hour deal that would prevent a tax hike for all americans. even physical lawmakers strike a compromise in time it's not going to be a long term solution. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnel left smiling. >> make any progress today sir? >> he and harry reid are worked on a scaled down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to prevent it to the full senate for a vote sunday and then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was at the capitol but left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats incest ent of the higher tax rates. >> it would only funneled the government -- fund the government for 3 days. sdwlsz -- >> president omaba insists his plan on the table is fair. >> we just can't afford a self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> if sunday's negotiations don't pan out the president says he's ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would block increases for all by the wealthy and preserve expiring unemployment benef
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
of the fiscal cliff, dumping you the back into a recession. we're just learning of a major snag in negotiations on the hill. bringing lawmakers back where we were 24 hours ago and bringing us closer to higher taxes on just about every worker in america and deep spending cuts, particularly to our military. i'm hair harris faulkner. this is a special two-hour edition of the fox report. pressure is mounting as talks appeared to be making progress at one point then late today, word they hit a setback this afternoon over social security spending. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says he never received a response to a republican offer last night and is reaching out to vice president joe biden to kickstart negotiations with the white house at this point. the senator saying fail to go solved the crisis is simply not an option. >> the consequences of this are too high for american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. there's no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
-called fiscal cliff. it's come down to a matter of hours. midnight tomorrow, everybody's taxes going up unless something happens in washington, d.c. hello to you all and welcome to weekends with alex witt. i'm t.j. holmes filling in for alex. a consequence of history in the nation's capital if congress cannot reach a compromise deal on tax and spending cuts. a short time ago, we were hearing from the president talking about the fiscal cliff negotiations. he spoke exclusively on "meet the press" and he had a message for congress. >> at minimum, make sure people's taxes don't go up and 2 million people don't lose their unemployment. i was modestly hopeful yesterday. now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> the president responded to what would happen if no agreement is reached and the nation does fall over that cliff. >> if you look at projections of 2013, people generally felt that the economy would continue to grow, unemployment would tick down, housing would continue to improve, but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. if people start seeing that on
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
pretty big issues. >> 30 hours to go until the country hits the fiscal cliff and still no deal. i'm melissa rayberger, and the white house has sent one of its top negotiators to capitol hill, but right now it's all centered on the senate, and as democrats dig in to protect social programs, republicans do the same on taxes. >> raising taxes to pay for new spending is not something that republicans believe this debate ought to be about. it ought to be about reducing the deficit and the debt, and what they are essentially suggesting is we want new taxes. we want higher taxes on people in this country to pay for new spending. >> so what happens next? with us nbc news capitol hill correspondent mike vic rah and nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. mike, let's get started with you. what's happening right now in the senate. i understand there's an update on the chained cpi. >> reporter: they say the darkest hour right before the dawn, melissa. everybody ought to hope that's true, at least if you don't want to see your taxes go up on midnight on monday and tuesday night becaus
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 10:30am EST
today on "face the nation." with the country set to fall off the fiscal cliff in just hours, time is running out for congress to make a deal. and what a difference a day makes. on thursday, things looked bleak. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> we wanted an agreement, but we had no takers. >> o'donnell: it took a trip to the white house and a package scolding from the president. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> o'donnell: but by week's end, senate leaders agreed to make a last-ditch effort to get a deal. >> so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> i'm going to do everything i can. i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. >> o'donnell: we'll have the latest on what that agreement might look like but will it actually do anything to cut the deficit? and what happens nay don't get a deal? we'll hear from two senators who have been working together on deficit reduction, assistant majority leader dick durb
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. in less than 48 hours taxes go up for a majority of americans and spending will be slashed if leaders from both sides don't compromise. leaders from both sides are to be in session today. >>> and police found a body last night around 8:30 in the southeast d.c. the "washington post" reports the victim was behind the wheel when she whe was shot and then crashed into a police. police have not made an arrest in this case just yet. >>> and a blast killed 19 people and injured 30 others in pakistan. the attack happened near three buses in pakistan. the shia pilgrims were there. and so far nobody has taken responsible for the attack. and investigators are trying to determine whether some victims took too much of the cough syrup to get high or if there was a problem with the medicine itself. 62 people are in the hospital after drinking cough syrup. >>> and u.s. troops are headed to central africa to help evacuate u.s. personnel. personnel at the u.s. embassy were pulled out of the country this week as concerns grow that rebels are moving in on the capital c
FOX News
Dec 29, 2012 6:00pm PST
ditch attempt to come to an agreement on how to avoid the looming fiscal cliff crisis. as the hours tick down, neither side is optimistic a deal wills be reach by the deadline.ti what will that mean for the american people?er eric? >> again, i'm on record assaying i was with you huddy s this morning saying we should name it the obama life and swan dive offit of it because it is the only way democrats will cut spending because they are forced into it.ap if a deal doesn't get struck the next couple of months people's pay checks will get smaller because payroll taxes will have expired. pay taxes a different way because the alternative minimum tax won't be patched and will have to be addressed as well. spending cuts over time willnk happen as well.st i think the stock market will get hit hard. here i am saying let's do thiss i have the most to lose of anyk one i know. it is the o only way to fix thh economy. economy. >> okay. take us through what each side is wanting. >> here's what the deal is. president obama wants tax cuts to expire for everyone except those making $250,000 a year. john b
FOX News
Dec 29, 2012 4:00pm PST
. we are told they are trying to put together a plan to help us from all going over the fiscal cliff. we are within 72 hours of the deadline, and tonight the new developments. in the wake of the shooting at sandy hook elementary, gun sales are on the rise. what is driving the spike? and the growing number of teachers who are looking to arm themselves. also, one man's trash becomes a child's musical treasure. you'll meet the children's orchestra that plays instruments recycled from garbage. >> i'm harris falkner. they are actually negotiating on capitol hill just as economic analysts say we are about to go over the so-called fiscal cliff, the punishing combination of higher taxes on just about every worker in america and deep spending cuts particularly to our military. top lawmakers are calling in staff members for meetings on this saturday. right now we are told senate leaders are working on a potential deal. still our journalists on the hill are being told there will be no official proposals or votes until tomorrow at the very earliest. the time line qoo -- could not be tighter. we will begin seeing lower tax
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
fiscal cliff. >> but ali, neither side is budging much. you have been reporting on it for the last couple of hours. friday though, president obama said that he was optimistic that the two sides could reach a deal. this morning, he sounded less positive though. >> if, you know, if people start seeing that on january 1st, this problem still has not been solved, that we haven't seen the kind of deficit reduction that we could have had, had the republicans been willing to take the deal they gave them, and if they say that people's taxes have gone up which means consumer spending will go down. >> and keep in mind that the senate is the first hurdle. any deal has to pass the house. we are not into the senate yet and the republican speaker john boehner plablamed the crisis one president saying he the one who has never found a way to say yes. >> so you are in new york and i'm in atlanta, and we get to washington now, because the senior congressional correspondent dana bash is closely following the negotiations from capitol hill, and dana, you have been there and talking to people, and where are we on this? >> wel
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am EST
>>> good morning. fiscal cliff hanger, lawmakers scrambling to make a deal to keep sharp tax increases an spending cuts from taking effect in 36 hours. can washington get it done? we'll find out where the president stands as he talks exclusively to nbc news. >>> moments of impact. dramatic new images of the moment when a passenger jet crashed off the runway in russia on to a roadway killing four people. ♪ >>> and, fishy thing, this london fishmonger whose sales pitch has turned him into an internet sensation. the viral video that has millions of people around the world hooked, today, sunday, december 30th, 2012. >>> from nbc news this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill >>> i'm erica hill. >> i'm carl quintanilla. >> all eyes on washington. a number of americans wondering this morning why lawmakers have not yet been able to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. president obama spoke exclusively to nbc's david gregory. we are going to get a preview of what he has to say just ahead. >> it has been just two weeks since the tragedy of sandy hook elementary in connecticut. a teenager in california wrote a poem to express her feelin
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
over the fiscal cliff? >> we'll find out in the next 48 hours what congress will decide to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended, and they are all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight december 31, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they are less likely to hire, and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy is actually starting to pick up. we are seeing signs of recovery in housing and in employment numbers improving. and so what congress needs to do, first and foremost, is to prevent taxes from going up for the vast majority of americans. and this was a major topic of discussion throughout the campaign. what i said was t
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
fiscal cliff. this evening here after they came to a halt, the vice president has been called in, now playing a central role. but time is running out. just tonight and tomorrow left. and if no agreement, taxes will go up for all americans. in fact, the average american family would see a tax increase of more than $3400. as congress convened, even the senate chaplain praying to avoid what the president called self-inflicted wounds. let's bring in jon carl. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night imemployering congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience fora i politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: with that harry reid and mitch mcconnell launched a latch-dimp effort to craft a bipt plan to that stop the tax hike go
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 8:30am PST
to taxle them again. what i said in the last few hours of the fiscal cliff don't make program policy changes in medicare that you're going to live with decades reflect on this. yesterday 10,000 americans reached the age of 65, today another 10,000, tomorrow another 10,000, and every day for the next 18 years. these people have pied in to fair lifetime into an insurance program called social security and medicare and they are expecting the benefits they paid for. we have to resolve, as tom said, how are we going to come to grips with the growing health care costs in medicare and medicaid and still keep our promise to these people? so, yes, we need entitlement reform. let's do it in a calm, thoughtful way using something like simpson-bowles to come up with 75-year solvency. >> o'donnell: another thing, the pew economic policy group did a study this week how much it will cost to make all these tax cuts permanent again. if you did all of them, it would be $3.1 trillion over the next 10 years. it was just the tax cuts for those making under $250,000. we're looking at additional $2.3 trill
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 10:00am EST
, thank you. >> the obvious question -- are we going over the fiscal cliff? >> well, i think we're going to find out in the next 48 hours what congress decides to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. because it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended and they're all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight, december 31st, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they're less likely to hire and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy is starting to pick up and we're seeing signs of recovery in housing and employment numbers improving. so what congress needs to do first and foremost, is to prevent taxes from going up for the vast majority of americans. and this was a major topic of discussion throughout the campa
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
a deal on the fiscal cliff by christmas. less than 48 hours until that cliff what does he think now? you are watching msnbc, the place for politics. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> the self-imposed 3:00 p.m. deadline the senate came up with for a deal has come and gone which means without a last minute deal starting january 1st tax hikes and massive spending cuts will be in effect. extended unemployment benefits have ended. we will be live on capitol hill with the latest developments coming up in just a moment. before we take you over to capitol hill here are stories that we are monitoring for you today. a new york woman who allegedly admitted to pushing a subway commuter to his death has been charged with second degree murderer as a hate crime. police say erica menendez told them she has hated hindus and musli
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am EST
fiscal cliff. in less than 48 hours taxes will go up for a majority of americans if both sides do not reach a compromise. both the house and senate are supposed to be in session today. >>> get ready for the fedex field showdown. the redskins take on the cowboys tonight for a winner take all match for the nfc east title. kickoff is tonight at 8:20, and can you catch the game right here on nbc 4 sunday night football. those are some of the stories we are watching. >> of course we will be back in a few minutes with another update. >>> good morning, and welcome to "viewpoint." we are taking a look back this sunday morning about the big events and changes in the region, and how the landscape might look for 2013. we have a political science professor, and danny vargas, president and ceo of the communications and marketing firm. welcome to "viewpoint," to you all. >> happy new year. >> i want to take a big picture look back at 2012, and go around and ask each of you what 2012 would be remembered for? >> my background is in politics, so i would have to go with the presidential election, barac
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 1:00am PST
looming fiscal cliff crisis. but as the hours tick down, neither side is optimistic. what will that mean for the american people? eric? >> again, i am on the record as saying, i was with you this morning saying i think we should name it the obama cliff and i think we should swan dive off of it because it's the only way democrats will cut spending because they are forced into it. if nothing happens, if a deal isn't struck over the next couple of months, people's paychecks will get smaller because payroll taxes will have expired. peopleville to pay in because the alternative minimum tax won't be patched. taxes will go up. spending cuts over time will happen as well. the stock market, i think the stock market will be hit hard. but again, here i am saying, let's do this. i have the most to lose of anyone i know. it's the only way to fix the economy. it's the best thing for the economy. >> okay. take us through what each side is wanting. >> here's what the deal is. president obama wants tax cuts to expire for everyone except those making $250,000 a year. john boehner's plan "b" was anyon
ABC
Dec 29, 2012 11:30pm EST
. >> as the deadline approaches, our coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations continue on television and on-line at wjla.com. >> some people in the area are still cleaning up after the high wind thursday. and, apart, a tree crashed through a house. -- in takoma park, a tree crashed through a house. in mclean, trees littered the georgetown park way. >> maryland health officials are reporting their first death related to hypothermia of the season. the health department says a 65- year-old man died in frederick county between december 18-24. pulte officials did not release any other information related to his death. >> there is a new senator and he replaces the longtime senator who died earlier this month from hawaii. he was sworn in by vice president joe biden thursday. before his appointment, he served as a whole yes' lieutenant governor. -- he served as hawaii's lieutenant governor. the head of the environment protection agency is stepping down after four years. the tenure was notable for the high-profile fights against global warming the keystone oil pipeline, and new revelations of
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 10:00am EST
have some degree of optimism that we can avoid this fiscal cliff in the next 24 hours. >> okay, we are just about out of time. i want the bottom line from both of you even if senators reid and mcconnell come to a deal. you're the top republican vote counter. will it pass and will it fly in the house? will this be done in time? >> if there is enough in the agreement for republicans to be able to support it, and we can get a majority of republicans in the senate and a majority of democrats in the senate, then i think there's a good opportunity for a majority of democrats and republicans in the house to support such a package, and i think a lot of that depends upon whether president obama is willing to compromise this sort of fixation with raising taxes above anybody making more than $200,000 a year. >> reed and mcconnell are both very good leaders and vote counters. if they come to an agreement, they know that they will be able to carry a majority of each of their troops. the real question mark is the house. the house is a bit out of control. they're the reason we've had the problems
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm EST
of the american people hours before we plunge off the fiscal cliff. with no plan and no apparent hope. but here we are, and we have got to do something. if we are determined to go over the cliff, as we seem, we have to do something to stop and the landing. at the bottom of the fiscal cliff are immediate and massive tax increases, deep and indiscriminate spending cuts, and a risk of another recession. if we come down on the final hours -- we have to bang choices -- to do nothing and cause an unbelievable amount of hardship for our fellow americans, or to do something to reduce the suffering inflicted on our citizens by an inflexible political system. mr. president, i choose to do something. today i am introducing the act -- the cliff alleviation at the last minute act. the act would do three important things. it will soften the financial blow the fiscal cliff, it will colmar financial markets, it gives us the certainty of a plan. it allows us, if we ever find the courage, to pursue the fiscal grand bargain that has eluded us so far. the financial markets are watching us and getting war
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm PST
morning in washington, where there's still no word of a fiscal cliff deal. senate leaders are trying to hammer out an 11th hour compromise to save all americans from the tax hike. tara shows us the deal they're considering only kicks the can down the road. again. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell left the capitol tight-lipped but smiling after working behind closed doors to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. he and majority leader harry reid are working on a scaled- down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to prevent it to the full senate for a vote on sunday, then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was also at the capitol but left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats' insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know, what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year? >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair. and it includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am PST
fox news alert from the nation's capital. you know, the final 48 hours ticking away to the fiscal cliff deadline. will there be a deal or will the $500 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes actually kick in? right now, negotiations going on behind closed doors. this while president obama has joined leaders in it both parties to make the case to the american people by appearing on the morning public affairs programs this morning. both sides pitching their proposals. but at this late point, some say any chance that congress has of averting the fiscal cliff will take serious late night legislative wrangling. good morning. i'm eric shawn. i'm heather childers in for jamie colby. without a deal the countdown to 2013 also a countdown to smaller pay checks for nearly all americans as the fiscal cliff tax hikes are set to take a bigger bite and the military facing serious cutbacks along with other federal programs that millions of americans count on. >> ed henry live at the white house with the latest on the negotiations. ed, we are really getting down to the wire. what did the president
FOX News
Dec 29, 2012 7:00pm PST
together a plan to help us from all going over the fiscal cliff. we are within 72 hours of the deadline, and tonight the new developments. in the wake of the shooting at sandy hook elementary, gun sales are on the rise. what is driving the spike? and the growing number of teachers who are looking to arm themselves. also, one man's trash becomes a child's musical treasure. you'll meet the children's orchestra that plays instruments recycled from garbage. >> i'm harris falkner. they are actually negotiating on capitol hill just as economic analysts say we are about to go over the so-called fiscal cliff, the punishing combination of higher taxes on just about every worker in america and deep spending cuts particularly to our military. top lawmakers are calling in staff members for meetings on this saturday. right now we are told senate leaders are working on a potential deal. still our journalists on the hill are being told there will be no official proposals or votes until tomorrow at the very earliest. the time line qoo -- could not be tighter. we will begin seeing lower tax rat
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 3:00am PST
30th, i'm juliet huddy in for alisyn camerota. we're less than 48 hours away from the fiscal cliff. will congress and the white house be able to reach a deal before americans see a 500 billion dollar tax increase? >> and george h.w. bush's health taking a turn for the better. there's good news regarding the former president's healths. >> clayton: well put. >> juliet: well said. >> clayton: a frightening moment when an airplane broke in half crashing on to a busy highway, caught on camera. watch this. >> juliet: oh, how about that car? >> that's not something you see every day. >> no. >> "fox & friends" begins right now. ♪ >> hey, everybody. >> juliet: hi, everybody. >> dave: good sunday morning, juliet huddy in for ali. how are you doing, my friend. >> clayton: dave usually gets the coffee. and no coffee around this place. >> dave: i apologize. >> clayton: dave overslept and dropped the ball. >> dave: it happened with my iphone. i woke up an hour too late to my wife shaking me. >> juliet: i don't know what it is about this morning. i'm like in lala land. >> clayton: there is no s
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
progressive's claims service. >>> the u.s. will tumble off the fiscal cliff in less than 48 hours. that's the main reason why president obama's sat down for a lengthy interview that aired on nbc. >> there is a basic fairness that is at stake in this whole thing that the american people understand and they listened to an entire year's debate about it. they made a clear decision about the approach they prefer, which is a balanced, responsible package. they rejected the notion that the economy grows best from the top down. >> joining me now is republican senator bob corker of tennessee. let's start with what the president -- you heard what he said. look, he argues we had an election, i won, he did campaign quite heavily on raising taxes for those making over $250,000. and he says, i went to john boehner, i offered him a trillion dollars in cuts, we're talking two to one cuts to income rates, why didn't you just take it? >> well, candy, that's interesting. i watched the interview. i don't think any american has ever seen the trillion dollars in cut that he offered. >> well, he -- >> and there
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 5:15pm EST
people hours before we plunge off the fiscal cliff. with no plan and no apparent hope. but here we are and we have got to do something. if we're as determined to go over the cliff as we seem, we've got to do something to soften the landing because at the bottom of the fiscal cliff, our our -- are immediate and massive tax increases, deep and indiscriminate spending cuts and the risk of another recession. so as we come down on the final hours, we have two choices -- to do nothing and cause an unbelievable amount of hardship for our fellow americans or to do something to reduce the suffering inflicted on our citizens by an inflexible political system. mr. president, i choose to do something, so today i'm introducing the calm act which stands for the cliff alleviation at the last minute act. the calm act will do three important things. it will soften the financial blow of the fiscal cliff. it will calm our financial markets. it gives us the certainty of a plan now but allows us if we ever find the courage to pursue the fiscal grand bargain that has eluded us so far. make no mistake, t
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 2:00am PST
edge of the fiscal cliff. just two more days to go before tacks go up for all americans. will the president's pressure on congress in the last 24 hours bring a deal? john carl has some answers. reporter: with just three days left, finally a imlimmer of hope. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> it's going to be imperfect and people aren't going to like it. >> right now it's in the hands of the two senate leaders pgz democrat harry reid and republican mitch mcconnell. they're working on a minideal that would preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at thh. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing no
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christmas gift. and i stuck it over in the corner and the next year you go, hey, rick, how did you like my gift? and i go, oh, i just got too busy to open it, you'd be offended. and yet many people have celebrated christmas after christmas after christmas and never opened god's gift. the gift of christmas have grace. and that is, no matter who i am, what i've done, where i've gone, there is forgiveness available. i can have my past forgiven, a purpose of living and a home in heaven. and it is a free gift. i receive it by grace. there's a verse in the bible that says, to those who believe and receive, to him he gave the right to become children of god. that's what i think it's all about, believing and receiving. >> pastor rick, happy holidays. >> thank you very much. merry christmas. >> that's all for us. merry christmas. christmas. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta this is "early start weekend." what do you want to tell congress about the fiscal cliff? we'll have your video messages. >>> the woman accused of pushing a man in front of a subway is now being charged with a hate crime. now she's saying why she did it. >>> wow, a plane crash caught on tape, the story. hind this dash cam video of an exact moment a jet slammed into an overpass. >>> it's sunday, december 30th, good morning, i'm allisison kos. randi kaye is off today. we're going to start this morning in washington where all eyes on capitol hill as lawmakers try to work out on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the deadline is less than 48 hours away and as to whether they can get it done, the president says he's hopeful. >> i'm modestly ll lly optimis an agreement can be achieved. let's make sure that middle class families and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> both houses of congress are meeting in a rare sunday session. the house an hour later at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin now with the look at a chance for a deal and what's on the table. >> alison, here in washington, there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday, the president was at work here in the white house but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the baseline for the president, any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment insurance that would affect some 2 million americans and increase taxes for the highest income earners. but negotiators can still work out exactly where that tax increase would hit and whether they would halt an increase in the estate tax. in case those discussions break down, the president asked harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the floor of the senate that would raise taxes on households that earn $250,000 or more. now, that's really a democratic proposal and you could expect republicans to block it, so, rather than thinking of that as a stop gap measure, probably think of it as a political measure to shift the responsibility for failure on to republicans just before the nation hits the hour of wreckening. alison? >> thanks. >>> lawmakers could vote as early as today and when it happens, you can watch live coverage right here on cnn. >>> the president will continue to plead his case for a deal today. he's making his first appearance on a sunday talk show in more than three years. he'll be on nbc's "meet the press." he'll call for an immediately vote for congress on a scale-back plan that would only extend middle class tax breaks if the negotiations fail. >>> other news now, second degree murder as a hate crime. that's the charge facing erica menendez. she is the woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway strain on thursday. she says it's a feeling she's had since the september 11th attacks. the second time this month that someone was pushed to death on a new york subway platform. >>> two missing brothers had been found safe and their father is now in police custody. ben and harry cleary were found 250 miles from an atlanta area home after a tipster saw it here on cnn. they were on a planned trip with their dad but did not return when expected. he'll be charged with felony interference with custody. >>> a tragic scene in california where three people were killed in a small plane crash near san diego. faa official says the plane crashed under unknown circumstances. it was heading to phoenix. an investigation is under way. >>> to massachusetts now, where a snowstorm is pounding the state. boston could see up to eight inches of snow today. the city's mayor has already declared a snow already. a top priority there is getting the roads cleared for public safety. freezing temperatures are in the forecast there for this week. >>> their neighbors to the south in rhode island, also breaking out the shovels this morning. look at this video. about a foot of snow has already fallen in some parts of the state. >>> it's the site of the worst oil spill in u.s. history. now, more than two years later we're getting an upclose look at the wreckage. there had been reports of a recurring oil sheen in the area, but the coast guard says no leaking oil was found. it was closed and cemented in september of 2010. >>> overseas now where syria is bracing for even more bloodshed after one of its bloodiest days yet in 21 months of civil war. opposition activists say more than half were gunned down in a mass execution. let's go to cnn's mohammed jamjoom. >> after regime forces won a battle, activists say that then servel people there were rounded up and that they were executed by shooting, by stabbing. we've spoken to doctors in that area that said they looked at bodies after this alleged massacre and other activists who say that at least 200 people were killed as a result of this massacre. we've seen video on syrian state tv showing bodies there on the ground, the syrian government for its part is saying that there was a battle in this area that they went in, that they captured and killed numerous terrorists. we should add that terrorist is the term that the syrian government uses to describe rebel opposition fighters. particularly gruesome. we're talking about a death toll that was reported yesterday of at least 397 people. that's according to the local coordination committees. that's the highest one-day death toll they reported since the conflict began in syria nearly two years ago and in that time, we should mention, over 40,000 people have been killed. alison. >> it really is invecredible. calling for a cease-fire. yesterday the bloodiest day yet. either possibility either side will actually lay down their guns? >> well, it looks less and less likely as each day goes by. this past week we've seen a fleury of diplomatic activity. then he went to russia yesterday. he was meeting with russian foreign minister. russia is one of the key players of what goes on in syria because they have supported the syrian regime and now it looks like that support may be lessening in the last few weeks but still what you heard yesterday was an appeal, an urgent appeal for these two men for both sides to come together to come to a transitional process in syria and here's more of what he hlav had to say. >> translator: we encourage the syrian leadership to make as clear as possible the declared readiness with the opposition and to underline that they are open to discuss a wide variety of things in the framework of the geneva agreements reached on june 30th. >> alison, two big problems with this. when it comes to the geneva plan, no idea what role he might play and the opposition has responded to many of these calls saying they're willing to form a transitional government but not willing to work with anybody in the regime. >> they met in moscow yesterday and they're warning the conflict that it's getting more sectarian. what danger does that mean for the mideast? >> it poses a huge danger, alison. no one wants to see it get more sectarian. the lines are only deepening. you're seeing, you're seeing forces like saudi arabia and the region supporting the syrian rebels and you see iran supporting. syria almost becomes a proxy battlefield and that causes more sectarian tension in syria and then you have the spillover effect. the conflict starts engulfing other nations nearby. here in lebanon you've seen sectarian tensions go on the rise and the factions that support the rebels. and it's a really dire situation and nobody wants to see tensions and every day they seem to be getting stoked more. >> thank you. >>> messages to congress. cnn ireporter sending in their thoughts on the fiscal cliff and the politicians behind the looming crisis. we'll hear from some of them. >>> plus, we're taking a look at the ten most memorable moments of 2012 from around the world. share everything. share brotherly love. share one up's. mom ? mom ? the share everything plan. lets your family share a pool of data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. now get a lucid by lg, free. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? 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wound to our economy. >> and he apparently wasn't kidding. we put out a call for our cnn ireporters to send us their messages to washington and, yes, we got a ton of responses. quite a few of you were frustrate would the lack of action in washington. this is missy with her take on the men and women in congress. >> this whole fiscal cliff mess shows how incredibly out of touch you are with the way people really live in this country. you are off in la la land and everybody is saying how you are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats who are more interested in being right than in doing the right thing and actually representing the people who elected you. >> and another one that came up came from chris he sent in an opinion with which side needs to give a bit more in his negotiations. >> democrats and republicans need to come together. let's get real. president obama has already given a lot more ground than the republicans have. so, my advice to senator reid and president obama would be try to stop negotiations with republicans who, like spoiled children, have no interest in compromise. remember who won the election? >> well said. finally, alberto willy sent in this reminder that lawmakers are there to serve everybody and can be voted out if they don't. >> there are not wealthy people or corporations to keep you in office. in that light, please, simply grow up, govern and, most importantly, support middle class policies. >> and you still have time to send in your own ireport. let us know what you think about the fiscal cliff and the actions in washington. record a 20 to 30-second video that start my new year's message to washington is, and then add your message. you may see it featured right here on cnn. >>> a russian plane overshoots a runway and send debris flying on to a busy highway as emergency crews rush to get to survivors. it's all caught on tape. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most 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camera. four were killed. the crash is under investigation. >>> 2012 is almost behind us and it's about time to ring in a new year. the last 12 months have been full some of moments we won't forget about any time soon. cnn's zain verjee takes us on a look back on some of the most important international stories of the year. >>> can you believe it is already the end of the year. actually, the mayan calendar said it would be the end of the world, but, oh, my goodness, look at this. we're still here and we're heading into 2013. there were so many headlines this year, so many important stories of 2012 from conflict, hopelessness to inspiration and hope and we also made sure we had a little bit of fun. take a look. number 10. the queen of england celebrated her diamond jubilee year. it rained on her parade, but it didn't take the sparkle out of the magical moments. millions lined the streets, millions more tuned in for this famous wave. number nine. september 11th in benghazi, libya. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans killed in a terror attack on the u.s. diplomatic mission there. american officials first suggested it was spontaneous, sparked by a protest over a controversial anti-muslim film. the white house's handling of the attack became a political hot button. number eight. a political transition in north korea, but no freedom here in the kingdom. king jung-un took over for his father. the west hoped there would be change, but there wasn't. at year's eend it flexed its feck nulogical muscle with its first rocket launch successfully placing a rocket in orbit. number seven, brutality by police and private security was out in the open in south affcuruwhere the killing of minors was captured on cameras. they were protesting, demanding higher wages. the price they had to pay shocked the world. number six. ten more years. the communist party of china selected new leaders. the secretive process produced a new process an l.a. lakers fan married to a rock star. but china's foreign policies are likely to stay the same, though the new leader's under pressure to deal with corruption and poverty at home. number five. mohammed morsi became president of egypt. as his predecessor, a dictator ousted by his people went on trial from his hospital bed. morsi impressed the west by helping to broker the cease-fire that ended an outbreak of war fare between hamas and israel. he disappointed many by sweeping new powers at home, triggering renewed outbursts of anger in tahrir square. number four. israel and hamas poured fuel on the fiery unrest in the region. one side firing rockets. the other launching missile strikes against targets in gaza. for the first time, israel felt vulnerable in jerusalem and tel aviv. the site of this bus tack in the waning days of the conflict before the big guns of diplomacy helped broker a cease-fire. number three, in europe greece was the problem child that spent too much, save nothing and threatened to take down the euro. new leadership didn't stop constant violent protests, staged by those facing loss of jobs, pay cuts, higher taxes as their weary government begs for more cash. europe's leaders including the new french president committed to save the euro. it lives on, but for how long? number two. the deadliest month to date as the assad regime intensified its use of air power. >> one of the questions most asked in 2012, was how much longer can this man hold on to power? assad was under intense pressure to step down. but his regime stepped up the fire power against the opposition. civilians caught in the crossfire. more than 40,000 people have died so far. >> this is, yet, another bread line. >> the opposition fights on making more dramatic gains than ever and gaining pledges of additional support for the international community. number one -- she fought back from the brink of death after being attacked on a school bus. the taliban shocked. she was an outspoken for the education of girls in pakistan. but books won over bullets. the 15-year-old miraculously survived. she woke up in a british hospital and according to her father, immediately asked for her school books. the world was gripped and inspired by the story of one determined young girl facing down an entire network of armed militants and winning. zain verjee, cnn, london. >>> and be sure to stay with us for more of our year-ending top ten lists. if you want something really special, check out cnn.com for the year in pictures. a great gallery there. all the images that define 2012 at cnn.com. >>> it's the last issue of a news icon. "newsweek" final cover hits the stands tomorrow. we'll have a look at it. have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? 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>> here's the thing, we always do these kind of stories at the beginning of the year. how to get our finances in order. anything new and really what, what really can get people? we hear it all the time, all the things we can do. wh can you tell people to sort of incents have them to really get off their and do something? >> there's nothing new. there's nothing revolutionary with what we do. just simple goals to accomplishing those goals. treat yourself like a cash flow budget. understand everybody builds themself a budget for the entire year. how much will i spend on utilities. what happens on a monthly base sns how much cash flow that comes into your bank account every month and once you can know the difference between those two, you can know how much extra you can save whether it's in the 401(k) or roth in i.r.a. >> what is a life book? you talk about a life book? >> put together a book that has all the pertinent information should something happen to you such as bank accounts, log ins and your insurance proceeds, where your will and your trust information is placed. i had a very good friend and partner who built a life book it was easy for his heirs to go through when something happened to him. >> what is a life will? >> a book that says account numbers. a will just says where i want everything to go if something should happen to me. my life book says how to get in my house to feed my dogs if i get into an accident on my way home from work. >> where do you put this life book? >> tell a few important people where that book is. if something happens to me, go here. here's where all my information is. >> back to trying to fix our finances. paying our mortgage. one of our biggest expenses. we all heard the advice. you don't want to pay off your mortgage, but to balance your budget knowing that you have that huge expense every month. >> we're talking about this year, 2013. we are an incredible environment to refinance our mortgages and potentially lower how much you pay every single month on that mortgage. a great opportunity. take advantage of it, really go see somebody and figure out how much you can save by refinancing in this historically low interest rate environment. >> what about investments, volatility is happening now because of the fiscal cliff. where do we go for investments? >> i see it every day. whether you're young and have your money in cash because you're scared of what happened in the market in the last decade or older and too much inequities because you're nearing retirement. sit down with somebody who is completely objective and somebody that can just truly give you honest opinions about where your situation is and make that a plan for this year to get your asset allocation understood and figured out that fits your specific situation. >> gold was all the rage. that rage is settling down a bit, but it's still there. do you invest in gold? >> you need to think about gold as a good currency play. if the dollar should devalue or because of our debt situation or we get downgraded, it's a decent hedge to have in a portfolio assuming the dollars are in play. >> when we talk about investing, going back to stocks. you don't suggest day trading, do you? or how do you make money in this market when we're playing against electronic trading where trades are done in a millisecond and who can play against that? a lot of confidence has come out of the market because the big players and big investors got in control of it. >> don't play the short-term game. so many opportunities if you know where you are in your life stage and you're saving or you're in the accumulation phase and you're saving on a regular basis, you should be dollar cost averaging every single day and every single month. as you're near retirement, based on what your income needs are going to be. this is something that a lot of people don't pay attention to. when you're in retirement, you need cash flow from your portfolio. if you can build a portfolio that doesn't matter what's happening day-to-day and generating cash field every day, that's important. build an investment plan that does that. >> thanks very much for your time. >> thank you. >>> what are your plans for new year's eve? we'll tell you how they will ring in 2013 in other parts of the world and some of these traditions may surprise you. >>> five, four, three, two -- >> the traditional new year's kiss at the stroke of midnight. a universal custom that happens around the world, but not the only way to ring in the new year. want to hear more about the world's other interesting and quirky moments to ring in the new year. with me, nadia. so, in other parts of the world, they don't just kiss, do they? >> no, spanish celebrate something which means the new year and what they do, men dress up as vikings to -- >> why is that? >> to celebrate their viking ancestry and they literally light torches and you can see torches in scotland and hundreds of thousands of people come and celebrate this moment. >> now, that's an event. >> that is an event. >> another huge party happens in brazil. every year we always see brazil and say, they know how to party. >> wouldn't it be nice to go to the beach -- >> especially right now. >> that would be lovely. where people, as you can see, dress up in white and the reason for white is that it's a symbol of peace and the idea of purity to have a peaceful, pure year. there you see somebody throwing flowers and they light candles and play tribute to the goddess of water and the beautiful fireworks and grand celebration in brazil. >> what is it about brazil that ringing in the new year is just such a fascinating, awesome thing to watch. >> they really get into the moment. something magnificent about seeing hundreds of thousands of people all dressed in white. just the spectacle of that. >> new year's in spain, it also has an interesting tradition. it involves grapes only because the grapes sitting right here. tell me about this. >> yes, all people in spain on the strike of midnight do the following, a great spanish tradition. what they do is, they will start with one grape on the stroke of midnight and for every single minute, every second until the next minute have another grape. i thought we should try it and see how it goes. usually people in spain don't necessarily eat all the grapes, but we can try and, again, it's called the old knight and in the squares of madrid, they'll have the huge clocks chiming and the people in the square all together will do it collectively. so, as we hear the first chime, let's try it. >> do we have chimes? >> we have chimes. >> i'm going to choke if i eat more than one. worse yet, you can't kiss. how do they kiss? you can't answer because you're eating these grapes. you do this well, i think you went to spain at least once for new year's eve. >> she did much better than me. >> i dropped one. >> i have 11 sitting here. >> i wonder if dropping one is symbolic in any way. >> does that mean you're going have to have a better new year than me? >> you will have another chance tomorrow night. >> it's a little tough on tv. i felt like i was going to choke. >> i feel obliged to try to get the other grape. the idea if you have a sweet grapes, it is a sweet year. if you have bitter grapes, it is a bitter year. there was an abundance of a grape crop. a great way to promote grapes. usually people peel the grapes. >> they slide down easier. >> and then in the philippine s things like sticky rice and eating long noodles so you have a long life. >> i love that. >> and opening all your doors and windows so that the good luck comes in and then jumping high so you'll grow tall and have a high life. a lot of great traditions all around the world. >> try all the traditions at once and have good health and happine happiness. >> or we can just have a glass of champagne. >> very interesting, to say the least. you can spend the final hours of 2012 and beginning of 2013 with anderson cooper and cath ay griffin. that is always fun to watch. kathy griffin and anderson cooper together, you can't beat it. >>> two parent face a financial hurdle as they prepare for their infant daughter's surgery. that's when an officer steps in to help. our affiliate kotv is in albuquerque with the story. >> reporter: the afternoons have been more than chilly in albuquerque lately. on thursday around 4:30 p.m., it was about 35 degrees and someone called the cops when they noticed a couple panhandling at a bus stop with their baby. >> the caller was concerned that the baby was out in the cold weather. >> reporter: the baby a 2 1/2-year-old girl bundled in blankets and looking up at officer hernandez with her big blue eyes. >> the first thing i thought when i saw her from the simpsons, she looked like little star all bundled up. >> reporter: why panhandle in the cold with a young child. their story checked out and tugged at officer hernandez's heart strings. >> they were panhandling to get enough money for one of the parents to follow the rest of the family to the hospital in denver. >> reporter: the little girl already had heart surgery and her follow up appointment is in denver soon. the family had enough money for the girl and the mother and all they needed was a bus ticket. officer hernandez bought one way. >> what made you do that? >> i have a child that was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and i know how hard it can be when you have to deal with medications and additional care and it puts a burden on the family and that's pretty much. >> our thanks to anna for that report. >>> with the new year comes new laws. from marijuana to marriage and so much more. a look at what's legal and what's not in 2013. >>> all right. everybody. time to get ready for the week ahead. tomorrow lawmakers are expected to vote on the fiscal cliff. the question is, will they? without a deal, households will have to shell out more in taxes. on average about $3,500 more a year. >>> also monday, yay, new year's eve. catch live celebrations from around the world right here on cnn. our very own anderson cooper and comedian kathy griffin live in times square. >>> tuesday, sleep in, it's 2013. the first day of the new year. wednesday is really the interesting big day to watch because if we go off the cliff, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts. they'll take effect. one part of the fiscal cliff that everyone agrees on is avoiding going over the cliff. we could see the reaction on wednesday, especially see the reaction if we do go over the cliff with the markets. now, on thursday, it's also a busy day because in washington, the 113th congress is going to be sworn in. john boehner elected to his second term as house speaker. if everybody can play nice and solve the country's problems, not just right now with the fiscal cliff, but in the new year when a whole host of other issues come to visit us. so, with the new year just days away but the change of the calendar year comes lots of changes in state laws. here's what we're going to be looking at, here's a look at what will be legal and illegal in the new year. >> well, alison, some laws made headlines. gay marriage was passed in maryland and maine and the recreational use of marijuana was passed in colorado and washington state. wait, there's more. much more. let's start with the laws that take effect on january 1st. so, in illinois and california, employers may no longer force their employees to post their accounts. speaking of job seekers, let's check out oregon. employers are not allowed to advertise a job listing in that state unless they are willing to hire the unemployed. in iowa, arsenic is banned in chicken feed. in california, this one made headlines, too. that state is now banning the treatment aimed at changing the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18. and on the othlighter side, a n law in illinois helping protect the species. trade of shark fins is now legal in illinois. in florida, if you own a swamp buggy, you don't need to register it as a motor vehicle. in kentucky, illegal to release a wild hog into the wild. yes, that's what the new law says. in 2013 some folks may see a bump in their paycheck. in ten states they decided to raise the minimum wage. alison, back to you. >> our thanks to stacy cohan. >>> do you watch "modern family" ever wonder where those crazy and hilarious story lines come from. one producer will share his secrets with us in the next hour. it's a cnn exclusive. >>> that's some shot. that's spooky. ♪ [ male announcer ] jill and her mouth have lived a great life. but she has some dental issues she's not happy about. so i introduced jill to crest pro-health for life. selected for people over 50. pro-health for life is a toothpaste that defends against tender, inflamed gums, sensitivity and weak enamel. conditions people over 50 experience. crest pro-health for life. so jill can keep living the good life. crest. life opens up when you do. every signature is unique, and every fingerprint unrepeatable. at sleep number, we've always recognized the incredible diversity of human beings, and know that up there with your social security number and your phone number is another important number. your sleep number. so we created the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. a collection of innovations designed around a bed with dualair technology that allows you your bodies. it began eight million customers ago, and it continues every time one of our sleep professionals rejects the notion of the mass-produced human, and helps another person find their sleep number setting. exclusively at a sleep number store. sleep number. comfort individualized. save 50% on the final closeout of our silver plus special financing through new year's day. with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> new york city's first ever casino is cashing in. celebrating a very big first year. plenty of slot machines and even lucky winners to be found, but as richard roth found out, there is one little thing missing. >> did you win? >> i won! >> reporter: i took that as a yes. it is really the operators of new york city's first ever casino who should be screaming. >> we're open. >> reporter: one year after its grand opening, the joint is jumping. resorts world casino is the biggest winner in its own house. >> this is very good. pleasantly surprised with the warm up we got from the community. >> reporter: so popular -- >> 20 bucks. >> reporter: resorts world located near jfk airport has taken in more slot machine revenue than any other casino in america. >> pennies, nickels, any slot there is to play. >> reporter: oh, they play here. $700 million in revenue in 14 months. the casino is owned by a group out of malaysia. the largest gambling operator in england and southeast asia now the king of queens. here's why. >> i go to this casino in queens because it's close to home. >> reporter: this is a free shuttle picking up casino goers at nearby transit hubs. the bus represents a gambling migration. new yorkers are not trekking a few hours out of town to atlantic city and connecticut casinos. >> more easy. this time i play and i'm back home. >> reporter: did you used to go to atlantic city. if so, why do you come here now? >> first of all, much more convenient and i don't have all that driving. >> reporter: resorts world will take new york, but, still wants, well, the world. >> we want to atrack other people here from other players. we want to build a resort and an experience. >> reporter: resorts world doesn't have it all yet when it comes to table games. machines, not humans spill the roulette wheel and roll the dice. you can still find human beings and some winners. because my bag was near you. that's my bag there. that brought you good luck. that's all right. richard roth, cnn, new york. >> she's excited. i want to show you something. pedro and buddy, the so-called gay penguins at the toronto zoo. guess what, they're dads now. they have been life partners. the zoo staff separated them so they could mate with females and just in time for the new year, they're proud fathers of baby pengu penguins. >>> a real shot in the arm, that's what former president george h.w. bush, that's what he called a special serenade that he got by the country group the oak ridge boys. ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound ♪ >> and the band gave the performance via phone after being contacted by former first lady barbara bush. they first met 30 years ago, but that was when bush was vice president. but bush was moved out of the intensive care unit yesterday. so, he's improving. >>> a pizza delivery man kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint by his customers. police say when the 51-year-old arrived that home to deliver the pie, the suspects restrained him with duct tape and put him in the furutrunk of his car. they drove 20 miles and dropped him off. the victim's car is still missing, but he's still delivering pizzas in a borrowed car. >>> an animal right's group has paid out a settlement to the owners of ringling brothers and barnum and bailey circus. one of animal r
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>>> good evening and thank you for joining us. san francisco detectives are looking for man who mugged a woman then killed her beloved dog, as sergio quintana tells us, a witness to the crime is offering a reward. >> the victim was driving through the ten ter loin on friday. she adread toll us what happened if we didn't reveal her identity. she says she pulled over because she couldn't find her phone and needed to look on the passenger side. >> i got out of my car, and walked around. >> in the front seat was her 12-year-old pekingese, roxie. she start barking because the man grabbed the victim by her jacket. >> and this is where he took out my money. >> then her attacker turned his attention to roxie, the dog, because he seemed angry the victim only had five dollars in her pocket. >> he looked at me, with a blank look on his face, and he said, i'm gore to kill you [bleep] dog. >> after a struggle, the map snatched the dog out of the car. >> he put roxie over his head, and threw her towards the incoming traffic. >> roxie survived being hit on the pavement but was later put down because she suffered major injuries. >> police are collecting images from surveillance cameras in the neighborhood and there were two witnesses. >> he was really big and she was pretty small and i could tell he was going to hurt her. >> he wasn't able to save roxie but is offering a reward. >> to hold it above your head and slam it on is back in oncoming traffic is another level of deapprovity. >> detectives are looking for a black male, late 20s, 6'1", with a lean build and clean shaven, wearing a black hoodie or beanie. nip with information should call the san francisco police. >>> two people drowned yesterday at the marin headlands while fishing. the victim, juan escamillo and his father. we spoke with their family today. reporter: we are here at the coast guard station, where father and sob were brought after being lift out of the cold surf tomorrow night, and tonight family and friends are trying to come to terms with the second tragedy to hit the family just this month. >> going through a very difficult time, you know. everybody sad. >> the family has gathered to grieve and say a rosary for 37-year-old juan escamillo and his son, juan-car loss. the father and son were avid fishermen who decided to fish friday. they were fishing in an area called lower fishermans, an area noun for unpredictable and heavy surf. his cousin joined them friday afternoon for the first and last time. [speaking in foreign language] glierks spannic he told us house juan carlos was swept a. by a huge wave around 4:30. he described how the boy's father screamed out, my boy, my boy, and dove in after him the cousin said he clung to the rocks and watched helpless his as the father and son drifted 20 feet away in the heavy surf. >> he says he threw out a fishing line to bring them in but it snapped. he then ran up this hill to call 9-1-1. he wishes he could have done more. scene from sky 7hd, this rescue boat managed to pluck the pair from the water a little after 5:00 p.m. they were pronounced dead after arriving the coast guard station. brother-in-law says he feels a bit numb. >> i want to cry but i -- really hard. >> friends and relatives cling to each while some cry or stare out into space. they can't believe the miss fortune that hit the family. the snawrnl -- sister-in-law that's lost everything in a fire in the home on christmas day, and they're trying to raise enough money to bury father and son in mexico city. friends set up a bank account to help the mother and daughter with living and funeral expenses. if you wish to donate, you can log on to abc-7 news.com and click on "see it on tv". the information on how to donate is there. reporting live in marin county, abc-7 news. >> ama: friends of the man shot and killed by walnut creek police held a vigil at the salon where he worked. they came to remember anthony banta, jr. police responded to a nine one one call with a woman scream income the background. officers said he had a weapon but doesn't say what it was. >> he took --... >> a good man. he had a future. >> ama: the officers involved are on paid leave, which is normal procedure. >>> we have new information tonight on the murder investigation of a entrepreneur found dead in his home last month. 66-year-old ravi kuma was killed during a home invasion november 30th. no cause of death has been released. a man and woman have been charged in the case. now two more suspects are in custody. williams was arrested in sacramento today on suspicion of murder and has been transferred to the accept clara county jail. javier dollars ya was arrested in oakland on thursday on suspicion of murder. >> a shooting in san francisco's bay view district has police looking for clues. two teenagers, a 17-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were found after multiple gunshots were reported around 6:30. the girl suffered life-threatening injuries. no arrests have been made. >>> oakland police are searching for two masked gunmen accused of a takeover robbery at an east lake restaurant. it happened thursday night on international boulevard. the gunman robbed four customers some an employee of cash, cell phones and jewelry, and cash from the register. no one was injured. >>> time to get a check on the weather. leigh glaser is off today. lisa is here. >> lisa: the rain has moved out but the cold air has settled in. i'll athlete no whether any rain cloud will get in the way of your new year's forecast. >>> san francisco fire investigator are trying to determine the cause of a three-blame alarm blaze that ripped through three homesle more than 40 people were displaced by the fire but no residents were hurt. one firefighter was treated for dehide addition and an injured shoulder. more than 140 responders were on the scene and kick action is credited for preventing a bigger disaster. >> did a great job. setting up the command system. >> ama: investigators say the fire erupted in the rear of a lower level apartment unit and there were working smoke detectors in the build writh started. >> on the peninsula, three horses were killed on highway 2880 after escaping from a farm. two horses were struck by a car around 5:00 a.m., and the third horse was hit moments later by another car. northbound lanes of 280 nor of al pipe road were closed for two hours. all four horses escaped from a ranch bat mile from the freeway. >> the last one that put the horse away thought the gate was locked good, and obviously it wasn't. and it's a shame we lost three horses. the only good thing is that the gentleman that hit them is doing okay, i guess. >> ama: the drives of both cars were hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries. >> with new year's eve two days away, the local police agencies and chp are staffing dui checkpoints. checkpoints will be in operation in the bay area, including redwood city, san francisco, sap the hoe say. you can leave the car at home. self transit agencies well offer free service. b.a.r.t. won't be free but will be operating trains until 3:00 a.m. on new year's day. >> a desperate attempt to rescue a man who fell into icy water goes horribly wrong as several more people fall in trying to save him. >> the internet gambit that is thriving and how you can become a target. >>> and later this hour, that live in fifth you have -- fiscal cliff you have been hearing so much >> ama: an enter sunset scam thriving this holiday season. what looks like e-mails from friends needing money are far more citizenster. the fbi has 150,000 strand traveler complaints. >> it came from halfway around the world. a frightening e-mail thatland in an abc producer's inboston. it looked like it was from a friend. my trip to the fill peoples with my family has been a mess. i was hit on the back of my neck with a club. i need you to loan me some money. was this real or a hoax? skeptical, our producer decided to play along. case, don't worry, think i can come up with a few hundred at least but we wired just 20. >> the con artist picked up the money within hours and complained. >> you should have told me you never had any money. but we didn't leave it there. we traced the e-mailer's trail halfway robbed the world to manila, where an alert western union agent told us the scammer had come into this shop this past year. >> i remember he had claimed money from me in the past. >> it's called the stranded traveler scam. scam artists hack into your e-mail account, mining it for personal details about your friends and family. then use that information to fool you into thinking they're in trouble. >> it's devilishly clever. >> yes. social engineering can preying on what is important to you. >> if you send money the con artist pits you on their sucker list and hit you with other scams. experts say never send money without making sure the e-mail is really from a friend. abc news, washington. >> ama: to a different kind of theft, there's a growing spike in crime all over the country targeting iphones, this shows a thief sneaking up on a victim and putting her in a head lock before snatching already iphone. one person crashed a bmw in into a store and then ran off with a stash. and in new york city, iphone thefts spiked 40%, and in washington, dc they make up 40% of all robberies. san francisco police say they've received 1700 reports storm cell phones this year. >> a flooding expedition goes horribly wrong in the san gabriel mountains. it was caught on video. almost turned to disaster when a man fell through the ice, and one person after another tried to save him, only to fall in themselves. >> coming across the ice really fast and went from cheering to an unbelievable amount of panic and chaos. >> give me the rope. >> a crowd gathered on shore, frantically screaming for help. at one point 12 people in the water. it ended after nine minutes when everybody was finally hauled out to shore. >> high surf and heavy winds kennedy rescuers busy on the beach. a 9-1-1 call came in saying there were three surfers beyond the break. the coast coast was practices swells and got to the men. >> one single surfer was trying to take advantage of the large sweals, was never in distress. >> ama: responders were called to the beach with a false alarm. the high surf advisory ended at 10:00 this evening. >>> all right. well, coming up in sports, the top-ranked stanford women get roughed up by an old rival. and the streaking warriors with their 12th win in december. all that is coming >> the red hot warriors said goodbye to 2012 with a bang, notching their 21st victory. the first time since 1980 they've gotten that many wins were new year's day. >> boston without rondo with a hip injury. check out this nifty passing. leads to the dunk. barnes with 16 points, knocks down a 3. third quarter, lee behind the back to steph curry. next possession, steph, from another zip code. the warriors roll 101-83. next host the team with the pest record in the league, the l.a. clippers on wednesday. >> the top-ranked women's basketball team squared off against number two connecticut. the last time the huskies were at maples the cardinal ended their win streak. today uconn coach geno auriemma bass revenge. the key was connecticut's stifling defense. it was 31-13 at the half. chiney ogwumike made just six of their 22 shots. this one is blocked. stanford shot 19% from the field. lewis led all scorers with 19. con cruises. the loss snap's stanford's 82 game home win streak. >> the stanford men had better luck against lafayette. the cop test would go down to the final seconds. stanford wins. randall with a team, high 16. the cardinal improve to 9-4. >> harvard was looking for its third straight victory but the crimson can play. there's allen crabbe, leads thepack twelve -- the pac-12 in scoring. harvard wins 67-62. cal falls to 8-4. >>> santa clara at dunk. with this dunk up by four. but duke would rally behind steph curry's you canner brother, seth. he had a career-he 31 points. the blue devils with the victory. santa clara falls to 11-3. >>> still to come, the college football bowl season is in full swing. a pair of pac-12 teams were in action today, and stanford >> on tuesday, stanford will play in it's 13th role bowl, the last time was in 1999 when it lost to wisconsin. the badgers red by monte ball will be the a opponent. this is the third straight -- second year they have been to the rose bowl and are hoping third is a charm. >> we know what we're here for, i told them to take advantage of all that's offered, for something for them to go do and enjoy it, but in the next few days we'll start dialing that down and get ready to play our best football game this year. >> last quebec, arizona running back marion grice lost his brother when he was shot and killed over a pair of air jordans. despite the tragedy grice took the field. we go to at&t park which was convert from baseball to football. grice ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns. asu led 21-0 after the first quarter. quarterback taylor kelly threw four touchdowns. the sun devils sink navy, 62-28. finish 8-5. >> texas took on oregon state in the alamo bowl. the beavers looking good after three quarters. up by ten but the longhorns quarterback threw two fourth quarter scores, giving texas the first lead of the night. the defense did the rest. alamo bow -- bowl record with four-1/2 snacks, oregon state stunned. >> and sports was brought to you five -- tonight by river rock casino. >> ama: preparations are underway for the annual rose parade. volunteers are getting the floats parade ready for showtime on new year's de. there will be two dozen marching bands from all over the country, including the valley christian high school band from san jose. you can watch the parade new year's morning at 8:00 here's on abc-7 and mike shumann is in pasadena to cover the rose bowl. his reports will air on new year's day. leigh glaser is off tonight. lisa argen has our forecast. >> we're starting out with a chilly night. here's the live doppler 7hd on mt. st. helena. and all is clear, and the forecast for the next couple of days, we'll be talking about the chilly air and much of the rain has moved out of our future outlook. so, i'll explain in a moment. right now we're looking at 30s in livermore. 36 right now, and napa. 38 in fairfield. 48 in san francisco. 39 on the coast. certainly cold out there. this time yesterday we were warmer. so we were 11 degrees cooler in napa, on the way to subfreezing temperatures overnight. and it's pretty cold in our east bay valleys. so that's where we're expecting the frost. clear and cold nights ahead. the rain chances are out tomorrow night but monday night, a slight chance of rain in the evening hours and that we can scale back on. looks like a sunny start to 2013, and much of next week looking drive. overnight lows, cold, with 28 in napa. 32 in con -- concord. warmer here but along the coast, cold, with 32, down in santa cruz and morgan hill. here's a look at the satellite and radar composite map. the area of low pressure brought in a ten inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain along the big sur coast. high pressure building in, looking at a sunny and cool afternoon tomorrow. got the 49ers game and locking at numbers below average. fast forward new year's eve. increasing clouds and 2:00 in the afternoon, maybe also rain in ukiah, on the coast, but by the late afternoon hours, this forecast model wants to paint a little bit of precip around the north bay but may not even materialize. so your plans for new year's eve looking cool for sure. popular place this weekend, lake tahoe, western nevada, looking at the winter weather advisory through 10:00 tomorrow mortgage with lake-enhanced snow and an terrible one to four inches of snow there, through 10:00. in the afternoon, upper 20s, cold, sunshine, mid-50s in fresno. temperatures at 60 in san diego. tomorrow, after the frosty start, the number s in the low 50s. pretty cool for this time of year. we should see 55, san francisco. 52, san jose. 50, antioch. monterey bay, sunny and nice, numbers in the lower 50s. a look ahead, cold nights, slight chance of showers of new year's eve. 2013, nice and sunny. nice on wednesday, and the only chance of rain in he next seven days looks to be on thursday. >> ama: thank you. still to come, falling off the fiscal cliff. it's down to the wire. but will congress bow to president obama's pressure. >> and the i-team reveal while the state unemployment department won't answer your phone call when you knead the most help. >> the fight against the growing crime in oakland. what community leaders say >> ama: our breaking news from the south bay. san jose firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire in an important building -- an apartment building. firefighters say a second floor apartment is fully engulfed in flames. there's a report of one injury to a person suffering smoke inhalation. >> a family is grieving the loss of a father and son. the father tried to save his nine-year-old son who was overtaken by a wave. both victims were pronounced dead after rescuers recovered them off the shore. >>> san francisco police are looking for the man who robbed a woman, then killed her dog, last night. the 12-year-old pekingese was thrown on the street in front of traffic. a witness to the crime is offering a $1,000 reward to capture the taker. >> three horses were killed on highway 2 0 in redwood city after escaping from a farm. two drivers that hit the horses were hospitalized, nonthrive threatening jerries, fourth horse was found unharmed. >> a west oakland bike shop is honoring the memory of a small child shot to death a year ago. today would have been his third birthday, bikes for likes organized a rally to discuss violence prevention. community leaders spoke of youth programs in the city. this is the third year of the bikes for life giveaway. this year the shop gave away 40 bicycles to children in the area. [chanting] >> church leaders and community members came together to spread a powerful message. organizers say they're tired of senseless violence wherever and-calling for a national ban on assault rifles and high capacity clips. >>> former president george h.w. bush's condition continues to improve. he is now recovering in a regular hospital room. bush was first taken to the hospital for treatment of a bronchitis related cost and was moved to intensive care at houston's methodist hospital. >>> lawmakers are taking us right up to the edge of the fiscal cliff. just two more days to go before tacks go up for all americans. will the president's pressure on congress in the last 24 hours bring a deal? john carl has some answers. reporter: with just three days left, finally a imlimmer of hope. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> it's going to be imperfect and people aren't going to like it. >> right now it's in the hands of the two senate leaders pgz democrat harry reid and republican mitch mcconnell. they're working on a minideal that would preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at the white house. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing nothing to curb spend organize address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to even pass a minideal, virtually everybody's income taxes will good up. the average family paying an extra $3,446 a year. and even if the income tax cuts are extended, virtually all workers are due to see less in their paychecks starting in january when the temporary 2% payroll tax cut is set to expire. >> senate leaders are headed back into session tomorrow morning. tune into morning news for the latest. >> portland, oregon residents have taken their disappointment in congress to the street. there's this road sign in north portland. now instead of road construction it reads, fiscal cliff ahead. >> a winter storm is dumping snow over the northeast and part office ohio. a tractor-trailer and several other cars collided in the snow on interstate 83 just outside harrisburg pennsylvania. there have been more than 450 flight cancellations. >> lots of people are takinged a a advantage of the snow. check out this kid in canada. only 18 months old but is already moving quickly on his little snowboard, pacifier and all. >>> just ahead, the popular tv shows -- the show illegally downloaded the most. >> thank you for calling the state disability insurance program. >> the i-team reveals why one state agency is too busy to take your calls. >> clear sky, light winds, dryer air, temperatures in the mid-30s, in our north a >> ama: if you've called the state unemployment insurance line recently and you didn't get through to an agent. a recent report says 84% of calls were never picked up and it's not the only state phone system with problems. here's an abc-7 news iteam vicious. >> this is how jim matthews spent the last month. >> thank you for calling the state disability insurance program. >> listening to automated menus and always getting the same response. >> we're sorry, the maximum number of callers waiting to speak to a representative is exceeded. >> i've heard that recording on average eight to ten times a day for a month. >> it just hurts on the back. >> she is on disability for a shoulder injury and wants to know the status of her claim, without a check from the state she could be kicked out of her house. >> for us not to be able to get any help, any assistance, no communication back, on funds that we have paid into a system is very aggravating. >> we are are unable to assist you at this time. >> sound sounds like you're going to be put through to an agent. they got too many phone calls, goodbye. >> dave asked us not to use his last name to the state won't cam after him for complaining help has been unemployed since july and says repeatedly being told to call back is frustrating. >> if you don't make it through, they'll make the decision based on the information they have. which will go, presumably, against you. >> they're calling different phone systems run by the same state agency. the employment development department. >> the people in government must be aware of the problem and they appear to be ignoring the problem. reporter: they do know. a state audit in march, 2011, first outlined the problems in the unemployment phone system and confirmed the issues or serious. of the 29.7 million calls in which individuals asked to speak with an agent, 84% were unsuccessful. >> i think people have a lot of expectations that i call and someone there is to answer. well there are finite resources and staff. >> this spokesperson says budget limitations and the volume of calls to the up employment insurance line make it difficult to answer every call. >> the demand is overwhelming and we know it's difficult to get through to a representative, but we're doing our best to try to make information available for our customers. >> levy directs people to the edd web site, e-mail, and social media sites sites and has the se advice for people having trouble on the disability insurance line. >> submit your questions online. some people may not want to but it's the self-service will help us get caught up. >> the says they're behind because of a knew automated system launched in november. the adapt having trouble with the transition so it's up to you to help them out. >> yes, people have expectations. we do need the cooperation of our customers. >> matthews said she tried e-mailing the edd but the response was the same one from the phone line. our volume is very high due to the high demand for our services. we ask for your patience. >> people don't trust the gos because of experiences like this. >> the large number of unanswered calls to a customer service agent is not seasonallable, and he thinks the problem might be a misunderstanding of who the department serves. >> it seems endem mick in larging constitutions that people forget there's an expectation there's a client on the end of the phone going through greater pane and suffering than you are. >> the senator says he will bring this issue to the industrial relations committee and meet with the director of e ddd to get some answers. we'll post the odd auditor's report online. >> from 2012 tariffa, which tv series was the most popular for illegal download, the answer? game of thrones. 4.28 million time pirated. the second most pirated show was dexter. >> as 2012 comes to a close you can look back at this year's top seven news stories, videos, and photo slide shows at abc-7 abc7.com. might get some sunshine in the new year. >> a lot of it. we're looking at the rain chances really getting scaled back in the next several daze. live look outside, the live doppler 7 hd, nice and quiet this evening, and in fact we'll be tracking a rather weak system off the shoreline new year's eve and then we're looking dry. right now temperatures are dropping quickly under clear skies. 36 in livermore, napa. 48, san francisco, also more cloud cover towards dawn and with the dry atmosphere, going to be kaley day, low 30s in the morning. upper 20s for napa. 35, half moon bay. 32 in santa cruz. high pressure buildings in, -- building in, giving us sunshine, clouds in the morning some snow showers in the sierra nevada through 10:00, and then we'll look for sunny skies and upper 20s in lake tahoe. back home, temperatures continue to be below average with low 50s around the bay. should see mid-50s to near 60s. it's going to take until the middle and the end of next week. 2013. some warmer weather then. until then we're looking at the chilly morning, patchy frost, voigt chance of showers new year's eve evening and i mean slight, and then a pretty quiet week. >> rick quan is in for shu. >> rick: due you know how many bowl games? am aim can't imagine. >> rick: 35, and we still have 16 to go. as college football bowl team rolls on, and the warriors close out 2012 in style against >> the red hot warriors closed out the 2012 portion of their schedule with their 21st 21st victory. the first time since 1980 they've gotten that many wins before news news day. boston is without rondo with a hip injury. first quarter, check out this nifty passing, leading to a lee dunk. barnes knocks down a 3. golden state led by 17 at halftime. third quarter, lee behind the back to steph curry. next position, steph, this time from downtown oakland, curry, with the team high 22, the warriors roll 101-83. next play the team with the best record in the nba, the l.a. clippers. >> the top ranked stanford women's basketball team squared off against number two connecticut. the last time the huskies were at mapleses the cardinal ended the with win streak. today uconn coach got revenge. stewart with the tough shot and the foul. the key was connecticut's stifling defense. the steal by banks leads to this easy basket. it was 31-13 at the half. chiney ogwumike made just six of her 22 shots. this one is bronxed andbanks will lay it in. stanford shot just 19% from the field. louvre with led all scorers with 19. ucop cruises, 61-35. the law snaps stanford's 2-game home win streak. >> the stanford men had better luck at maples against lafayette. this is dwight powell with the big dunk. the contest would go down to the final seconds. stanford hangs on to win, 65-59. the cardinal is now 9-4. >> harvard was playing cal. the crimson can play. the the bears creab leads the pac-12 in scoring. he had a game-high 27 but it wasn't enough, harvard hangs on for the victory. cal falls to 8-4. >> santa clara was at number one duke behind kevin foster's 29. this dunk puts santa clara up by four in the second half but duke rallied behind steph curry's younger brother seth, and finished with a career high 31. the blue devils with the victory. santa clara drops to 11-3. >>> on tuesday, standard will play -- stanford will play it in 1st rose bowl. the last time was in 1999 when it lost to wisconsin 17-9. the bammers led by monte ball will be the opponent. this is the third straight year they've been the rose bowl. they lost the previous two. the last one to oregon. wisconsin is hoping the third time will be the charm, but stanford is a 6-1/2 point favorite. >> two similar teams, like to run the football and play great defense. we don't know anything but that. and whatever people say about point preds, those things don't matter. everything we play comes down the last position in the fourth quarter. so our minds are geared up for that. >> abc-7 sports anchor mike shumann will be in pasadena to cover the rose bowl. >>> texas and matt brown, -- marion grice left the team to mourn the loss of his brother who was killed over a pair of air jordans. he was back with the game against navy. at&t converted to the gridiron, the sun devils 4ed 21-0 of the first quarter. kelly threw four touchdowns, three of them to rosms it was 34-7 at the half. san jose native, cameron marshal. scored twice. the sun devils route navy. they finished 8-5. >> this is my last game, college game, and i went out with a bang, and then on top of that, i'm at home itch feel -- home. i feel real good right now. >> able to get the win in my home town, and it's been a blast. >> and the alamo bowl. leave it to the beaverrers. this touchdown put them up by ten. the longhorns quarterback with two fourth quarter scores, this one gave texas its first lead of the night. the defense did the rast. oak 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graham, a couple of days ago you said you thought we were going to go over the fiscal cliff and now we are in the midst of a lot of last-ditch bargaining between the senate leaders, reid and mcconnell, what are the chances for a small deal in the next, less than 48 hours to avoid the cliff. >> exceedingly good. i think people don't want to go over the cliff, if we can avoid it. i think, whatever we accomplish, political victory to the president, hats off to him, he stood his ground and will get tax increases, maybe not 250 but upper income americans and the sad news is we have accomplished little, in terms of not becoming greece, that bill will not affect the debt situation and it will be a a political victory for the president and i hope we have courage of our convictions, when it comes to raise the debt ceiling to fight what we believe as republicans. hats off to the president, he won. >> chris: quick follow-up, before we turn to senator feinstein, you said you don't think your conservative colleagues in the senate will filibuster or set up a procedural roadblock, they'll vote to avoid going over the cliff. >> if mcconnell can't get 60% of us to vote for the deal it will be hard for boehner to get through the house and i will want to vote for it, thoug
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>> chris: i'm chris wallace. with the clock ticking toward the fiscal cliff, it is crunch time on capitol hill. ♪ >> chris: as the new year rings in, we are headed to a major financial hangover. what happens if big tax hikes and spending cuts take effect? will washington come up with a last-minute compromise? plus, where are we headed on new demands for gun control? and, will we ever get all of the answers to the benghazi terror attacks? we'll cover a lot of ground when we sit down with two leading senators: democrat dianne feinstein and republican lindsay graham. also with 2012 in the rearview mirror we look ahead to 2013. our sunday panel weighs in on what we'll be talking about in the coming year. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and hello, again from fox news in washington. well, it turns out the fiscal cliff is going to be a cliff-hanger. with less than two days until the new year, senate leaders are still trying to work out a deal, to avoid tax increases on almost every american. but, any compromise will do close to nothing about our debt problem. joining us now, to discuss what kind of deal they will and won't vote for, are two key senators, democrat dianne feinstein and republican lindsey graham. senators, welcome back to fox news sunday. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> chris: senator graham, a couple of days ago you said you thought we were going to go over the fiscal cliff and now we are in the midst of a lot of last-ditch bargaining between the senate leaders, reid and mcconnell, what are the chances for a small deal in the next, less than 48 hours to avoid the cliff. >> exceedingly good. i think people don't want to go over the cliff, if we can avoid it. i think, whatever we accomplish, political victory to the president, hats off to him, he stood his ground and will get tax increases, maybe not 250 but upper income americans and the sad news is we have accomplished little, in terms of not becoming greece, that bill will not affect the debt situation and it will be a a political victory for the president and i hope we have courage of our convictions, when it comes to raise the debt ceiling to fight what we believe as republicans. hats off to the president, he won. >> chris: quick follow-up, before we turn to senator feinstein, you said you don't think your conservative colleagues in the senate will filibuster or set up a procedural roadblock, they'll vote to avoid going over the cliff. >> if mcconnell can't get 60% of us to vote for the deal it will be hard for boehner to get through the house and i will want to vote for it, though i don't like it them. country has a lot to the stake here. >> chris: senator feinstein, is senator graham right, will we get a deal. >> he's partially right. yesterday, 2.1 million americans lost extended unemployment insurance. and, from this point on, it is lose-lose. my big worry, is, a contraction of the economy. the loss of jobs, which could be well over 2 million in addition to the people already on unemployment. i think, contraction in the economy really would be just terrible for this nation. i think we need a deal, we should do a deal, if lindsey and i could sit down, i think we could put the deal together. the leadershi is now working. it will probably be an immediate deal. in other words, it is not going to solve all of the problems for ever. but, it will solve certain problems, in other words, not only the unemployment insurance, but, doctors lose 30% on medicare patients, if that isn't remedied, called the doc fix, that will probably be done and the tax extenders will probably be done. and, a number of other things that are instant -- >> the -- amt -- >> that's right. >> chris: that will be -- th will be a fix that will not hit 20 million more americans. >> that is exactly right. >> chris: let me start focus on the tax rates. that has been the biggest issue in this whole debate. the president wants to extend the tax rates on families making less than $250,000 a year. senator graham, is that acceptable or does the threshold for when you start to make the bush tax rates go away, does it have to be higher? some people say 400,000, 500,000 and how confident are you that the house which refused to set the mark at a million dollars, will pass any tax rate increase? >> if democrats will vote for the deal in the house, they are allowed to vote for whatever the senate passes, there will be enough republicans, but boehner needs a majority of the republican party. in 2010, we extended all the tax cuts, because the economy was weak. in 2012, the first part of 2013, we are not going to extend all of the tax cuts, the economy is weaker. i don't understand the economics but i do understand the politics. the president won. the president campaigned on raising rates and he'll get a rate increase. >> chris: would you vote for 250 -- >> she's willing to go for more and why would i not, times 4 or 500, and the votes are there for 4 or 500 but in the house will the votes be there for 4 or 500? i think a majority of -- 80% of the republicans would have voted for plan b. but, when you have no democrats, you needed almost all republicans. this time around, i think you will get a majority of republicans and a majority of democrats in the house if can get 60% of the republicans in the senate. >> chris: senator feinstein, is that the sweet spot, 400s are -- 400,000, 500,000, that they'll accept -- >> the way democrats feel is this president campaigned and won an election on $250,000. additionally the polls reflect there is solid support for that. certainly 60% of americans believe that. now, having said that, elections matter. so, we believe that the 250,000 threshold is the appropriate threshold. the president did make an offer, we understand, of $400,000. with a trillion in cuts. accompanying it. that was turned down by the house. the time has come, really, to measure the absence of a deal plus -- against a deal. and i think both of us come down that we have to solve this immediate situation. the danger to our people, to our military, to our nation's security, to our economic base is just too great not to have a solution. so, you know, what makes this government work, is compromise, and, it is when you don't compromise, there is stasis -- >> you say 400,000 you could live with, not happily -- >> isn't that the question i will get asked? where does the money go? let's say it is $400,000. people vote $400,000, pay 39.3. >> chris: which is roughly $600 billion. >> if i'm asked at home, senator graham, what will w do with the money, what will i say. >> it is added to make up the deficit that everyone has been discussing -- >> it goes for -- >> not new spending. you know, you gets down to another thing, which was a very bad idea, and that is sequester. and whether sequester goes into effect or not. >> chris: well, that -- >> that is the 800 pound gorilla. >> chris: let me ask you about that. i enjoyed your brief state as the host of fox news sunday. >> i think it is a good jeegs i do, too. senator graham, all washington has been talking about is the tax side of the cliff. let's talk about intending side of the cliff, there is still as part of the cliff, $110 billion sequestered. automatic cuts, defense cuts, domestic cuts. what will happen to that? will you address that? >> we'll -- i called leon panetta, last night during dinner. >> chris: secretary of defense. >> and he said, i have been told there will be nothing in the bill to avoid sequestration going into effect and this is the failure of the super committee to find $1.2 trilli in cuts for the debt ceiling increase and, we have cut $489 billion and he says if we do it, it will be shooting the defense department in the head and we have to send out 800,000 layoff notices the beginning of the year and he is worried to death that if we don't fix the sequestration we will destroy the finest military in the world, at a time we need it the most and this bill doesn't cover defense cuts, on top of the ones we have -- >> so, briefly, will you go for a deal today that deals with -- doesn't deal with the sequestering. >> the reason i think i might, i know diane feels the same way. she told me all the $600 billion goes on the deficit. i hope that that is true. but that is only 5 or 6% of the deficit, when it comes to defense spending, the only reason i would vote for this bill is sequestration -- if sequestration was not included is trusting people like dianne to work with me and make sure it doesn't become reality, post january 1st. >> chris: in a bigger sense if you get the automatic cuts, 110, $120 billion, in the first year, even if you get those the deal that you are talking about does not reduce our national debt, because, extending the bush tax cuts, 98, 99% of americans, it will actually increase the debt by trillions of dollars over the next decade. so, the question is, when are you guys going to get serious about spending? >> well, we are getting serious about spending. we have already cut spending, between the cr, and the affordable care act we have cut spending a trillion dollars-plus. and there is an argument over how much. let's say it is a trillion-and-a-half dollars. having said that, i think there is a commitment to cut spending. if you do it biy virtue of sequestration it falls, regardless of priority on things that are very high priority and shouldn't be cut. i think you either have to postpone sequestration, or you have to take a portion of it. and, mark zandi, suggested that you do $55 billion, which will not have that much of a retardation on the economy. he estimates that at about a point-and-a-half. if we do nothing, we lose 3% of gdp. because you withdraw from the economy over $700 billion. >> chris: let me -- >> that is a problem for america. if that should happen. >> chris: i don't want to get too much into the weeds, though, obviously it is a substantive subject, but after the cliff, the next big step, is when we reach the debt ceiling, which we're now told by treasury secretary geithner will be probably around the end of february. two months. assuming that you get this deal, you turn off the bush tax cuts, for -- bush tax cuts for 98% of americans, will they go every the democrats as part of bargaining on -- and the president said, i will not negotiate on that anymore. >> here's what i will do, if you took every penny on the $600 billion and put it on the deficit, it is 6 or 7% and i don't believe all of it will go on the deficit. when we raised the debt ceiling in august of 2011, we borrowed $2.1 billion. we spent that much money, in 17 months. why would i raise the debt ceiling again, unless we address what put us in debt to begin with? i'm not going to raise the debt ceiling unless we get serious about keeping the country from becoming greece, and social security and medicare, here's what i would like, meaningful entitlement reform, not to turn social security into private accounts, not to take a voucher approach to medicare. but, adjust the age for social security, cpi changes and means testing and look beyond the ten-year window. i cannot in good conscience raise the debt ceiling without addressing the long term debt problems of this country and i will not. >> chris: and, senator feinstein, you heard president obama say we have to t out of the habit and will not start trading debt ceiling increases for spending cuts. >> i think the key to what he is saying is that you don't affect people at this time. who are on these programs. that you do it in a way that it is way in the future. so, that long term, the programs are essentially changed and more constricted. now that is not entirely popular on my side. but, it is realistic, i think. i think, you know, this is a very hard time for people. and, we need to get by this and have a robust economy, and, and cap happen, i'm convinced, if we solve this and move down you can do those things that enable the programs to be solvent on an extended basis, without impacting people directly now. >> chris: senators, we need to take a quick break, when we come back we'll discuss where the investigation of the benghazi terror attack stands now, and, whether congress will act in the new year to try to prevent more mass murders. ♪ to the best vacation spot on earth. 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that she needs to testify first, as an -- and have you been assured she'll testify, though it has been three-and-a-half months since benghazi and she still has never really answered questions, about benghazi, her role before, during, after the attack, do you have reason to believe she'll testify as secretary. >> she said she will and i believe she will. you know, she has had a very real accident and she's recovering from it, and, she will be back, i gather, her first day, of work may well be next week. so, i think that that is good news. and, having said that, i think benghazi is a real learning, very hard learning example for us. our part of it, the intelligence committee a part of it, is the intelligence. and, i have gone through the intelligence and there were two full binders of intelligence and there a great deal of intelligence that would indicate that something well could happen. it wasn't tactical, it didn't say, on september 11th you can expect x, y or z but there was enough to know that there were problems in the area, there were also attacks, prior attacks, british ambassador, the red cross, prior attack on the mission, et cetera. so, we had reason to believe that there was a problem there. as lindsey pointed out, the problem was, the right people apparently either didn't make the decision, or, didn't analyze the intelligence. because, i think if you looked at the intelligence, you would have substantially beefed up the security in that particular mission, in benghazi. and, it didn't happen, sufficiently, we lost four people, a bright ambassador, additi additionally, they didn't have basic things, fire extinguishers, gas masks, appropriate cameras that do what they can do today. we have learned this and it is up to the state department and up to us to provide the money -- here we go again -- and up to the state department, to make the changes that are necessary. >> chris: the apparent front-runner for the new defense secretary, panetta, of course, according to -- apparently is one of your former senate colleagues, former republican senator chuck hagel who came under fire for positions on engaging iran and supporting defense spending cuts. on "meet the press" this morning, president obama apparently, while he didn't say he'll name him, said he has seen nothing in any of the criticism to block him. senator graham, are republicans going to block chuck hagel if he's the nominee for defense secretary. >> i think a lot of republicans and democrats are very concerned about chuck hagel's position on iran sanctions. his views toward israel, hamas and hezbollah and there is wide and deep concern about his policies. all of us like him as a person. it will be up to the president to make the selection. the hearings will matter. they will matter a lot to me. and if he sends chuck hagel up it will be a confirmation hearing of equence. >> chris: so, at this point you are not prepared to say the republicans would put a hold on the nomination, or filibuster it? >> i can tell you there would be very little republican support for his nomination, at the end of the day, very few votes. >> chris: senator feinstein, you will introduce legislation this week on the first day of the new congress on thursday, to ban assault weapons, and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. why is that more effective than the nra proposal to put armed guards in every school? >> well in the first place, 1/3 of america's public schools does have armed guards. secondly, there were armed guards at columbine, they couldn't stop the shooters. so, the question comes, what do we do about the growing sophistication of military weapons on the streets of our cities? they aren't good hunting weapons, no hunter worth their salt would use an assault weapon to hunt, and, what we'd is take the earlier bill and strengthen it in many ways, prevent the gun manufacturers, from getting around it as they did. go to a one physical characteristic test and take specific models and ban mayor manufacture, sale and transfer and take the weapons that are grandfathered, that are in possession now, and put them under the federal firearms act. so that they would be licensed, there would be background checks down. america has to bite the bullet of what these incidents mean to our people, to our nation, and our nation's standing in the world. when you have someone walking in and flaying in the most brutal way, 6-year-olds, something is really wrong. this is one effort and other things we should do to try to put weapons under some kind of appropriate authority. >> chris: senator graham, you support the nra plan to put more school security in place, and you oppose senator feinstein's assault weapons ban. why is she wrong? >> we'll, we had the assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004 and the conclusion was, it did not change crime by banning assault weapons in an appreciable way and last year with the lowest murder rate in the history of the united states, people buying more guns, murder rates have gone down, you are talking about preventing mass murder by minimally unstable persons. you can't take every sharp object out of the reach of people like this. i own an ar-15 and i have done nothing wrong by owning the gun. if you had armed security, with better rules of engagement, that, to me, is a better way to deal with the situation, and the best way is to identify these people before they acnd do something about it. and the ban didn't work then and doesn't work now and i will oppose it. >> chris: so for all the talk and horror -- and i think both of you share what you feel about n newtown, will you do anything to address it, whether gun control or changes to our mental health laws an access to mental health, whether violence in the media? senator. >> well, i believe we are going to certainly try. now, let me respond about the murder rate. over 9,000 people are killed with guns a year. where there aren't guns, there isn't that murder rate. 9,000 people. that is a lot of people. secondly, i think we have come to a point where these mass murders, the grievance killers that go out there, that get the most sophisticated weapon they can possibly get their hands on and then go into movie theatres, malls, offices, businesses, and schools, and mow down people, you have to have some appropriate controls on these weapons. w, he may feel safer because he has an ar-15. i don't know, that is up to him. he would not be affected by this. but i think having a system where these very powerful weapons, as a matter of fact, the bushmaster has a fly you can put on it to make it fully automatic. and just pump out slews of bullets. and gives -- >> i want to give senator graham an opportunity the respond briefly and then i want to move on. >> the bottom line is, is it triggered by the movies they watch, videos they watch or a person they ride and we have a 1st amendment and 2nd amendment and they aren't absolute, you can regulate guns and speech but what she is proposing is a massive intervention. gun sales are up and crime is down. it is a false sense of security you are pursuing here. you will not be able to stop mass murderers with no criminal record just by taking my ar-15 and making me pay $200 and get my finger prints and say i can't buy another one. it didn't work then, didn't work before, identify these people before they act, put security in places they are likely to go like school houses, if you go into the capitol you will be met with armed force. if you go into a school house, the best solution to protect children, is to have somebody there to stop the shooter, not get everybody's gun in the country. >> chris: we will not solve this today. and, forgive me, i want to move on to one other subject, which is actually, has been holding up action a lot of people would say. senate faces a big moment on january 3rd, the first day, on whether to change the rules and make it harder for the minority to filibuster and block the majority and you both have been in the majority and both have been in the minority. senator reid is prepared to offer a plan which is called the nuclear option and would pass by a simple majority of 51 votes but a bipartisan group of senators has come up with a compromise that wouldn't change the rules as much but also wouldn't be the majority forcing the will on the minority. is there going to be filibuster reform senator feinstein, and what kind. >> at thursday's caucus we had a briefing. there are three groups of senators working on three different proposals for rules changes. it was put before the democrats for the first time, on thursday. and, we listened to it. i think there are some changes that can be made, on a bipartisan basis. i think that is where things are going, right now, to try to see what we can agree upon. if we can't, then, the so-called nuclear option comes into play. i am hopeful that that is not the case. because, what goes around, comes around and i think the imminently desirable thing is to have agreement between us. we need to agree... >> chris: the nuclear option, a simple up-or-down vote, 51 votes to impose will of the majority. >> at this stage i don't believe it is necessary. i believe we can work something out. that both parties can accept. >> chris: senator graham, you were part of the bipartisan group that came up weather the compromise. it gets technical, folks, but, basically it would remove some of the procedural roadblocks to a deal and the other end, wouldn't remove all of them. will both sides accept that and will it change anything? because you will still be able to filibuster. >> i hope and pray both sides accept it. because i was in the gang of 14. during the bush administration, all the judges were blocked, and couldn't get a judicial vote and our guys got really upset, and bill fritz wante to change the rules of the senate so you needed only 31 votes to confirm a judge and senate democrats and senate republicans, i was one of the republicans said, don't change the rules because we have a problem for the moment and, don't want the senate to become the house, i'm saying now, what i said, then, when republicans wanted to change the rules, i said, no, it is bad for the institution. and when democrats are proposing the same thing, i say, no. i think people like dianne and myself will prevail, there will not be a draconian change, we'll work this out. >> chris: senators, thank you both and thanks for talking with us about a r of issues, you are both good company as always and happy new year to both of you. >> same to you. >> thank you. >> to all of us, thank you. >> chris: up next or sunday group on the cliff-hanger over the fiscal cliff. what will happen? and how will it affect you? ♪ ♪ >> we'll be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours and so, i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> whatever we come up with will be imperfect and some peop will not like it and some people will like it less but that is where we are. >> chris: the two senate leaders, mitch mcconnell and harry reid on the last-ditch effort to put together a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and it is time now for our sunday group, bill kristol of the weekly standard, former democratic senator evan byah and byron york from the washington examiner and kirsten powers of the daily beast web site. you heard mitch mcconnell say he's hopeful and optimistic. will congress pass something in the next 48 hours, something? to avoid the fiscal cliff? >> i don't know. but, i guess, probably. and it will be a bad deal but i suppose better than doing nothing. and, every working american's taxes will go up january 1st if they do nothing about the payroll tax, a pretty big increase, and, defense cuts and everyone agrees, with that policy to have middle class americans' taxes go up, and, it totally irresponsible defense cuts and this is what congress thinks is a good deal. >> chris: i'm not sure it is a good deal but avoids the worst of the fiscal cliff. senator bayh -- obviously, we don't know, what is your sense, no filibuster in the senate? you heard lindsay graham and do republicans pass whatever the senate agrees to? >> the odds are somewhat better than 50/50 we get a minimal deal in the senate. not one that solves our debt problem, as you pointed out earlier and this is a prequel to going through it again around the first of march over the debt ceiling and getting us through this crisis, slightly better than 50-50 and the real question is in the house of representatives and will it be enough of a compromise, that enh republicans can vote for it, to get through the house? i put that at 50-50. >> chris: byron, the most we can say, or will be ale to say if congress passes something is they were able to stop the crisis, that they created, in the first place. but, they will have done nothing, i mean, it is really quite astonnishing to deal with the debt problem which is what the crisis was supposed to be about and, in fact, if you extend the bush tax cuts for 98, 99% of americans, and you have just these small, automatic spending cuts, actually increase the deficit, by trillions of dollars over the next decade. >> that's right, they are only dealing with the most immediate problem and by immediate i mean the next 48 hours. and where we are is exactly where we knew we'd be months ago, which is republicans are about to give in on their long held position that you shouldn't raise taxes on anybody, the only question is, is it above 250, 400, 500? and, the reason they are doing it is, they know if they hold it up, past january 1, the first bill the democrats will introduce, ar te the obama tax cuts and he proposes to relower the rates -- >> if they don't do something the taxes go up for everybody. >> yes. and the president proposes relowering them to somewhere near bush rates for everybody under 250 and the republicans don't want to be in a position of stopping that. >> chris: but why, byron, were they unable to do anything about the real problem? i mean -- if you take the amount 0 -- say, 400,000, it would be $600 billion increase in revenue to the government, ovehe next ten years. $600 billion, in terms of a deficit of $16 trillion, going up, by another 2.5, $3 trillion in the next ten years is peanuts. >> you heard lindsay graham talk about entitlement reform and the debt ceiling issue but if you look at -- among democrats, especially, further to the left, since the election, their feeling has been, president obama won, we will not take this out of seniors, we will not take it out of medicare, we will not take it out of social security. no cuts, and those things and that posin has hardened, i think on the left in the past couple of mo couple of months. >> chris: you are a believer, kirsten, that obama won and, gets the tax rate increases. on the other hand, you do have another deadline coming in about two months, according to timothy geithner and that is the increase in the debt ceiling and at that point, it would seem to me the republicans hold most of the leverage, because they can at least threaten to send the country into default unless there are serious and main spending cuts. at that point does this obama victory perhaps look a little different? >> well, i mean, i think the question is, are they really going to want to do what they did last time with the debt ceiling, which ultimately caused us to have a downgrade of our economy. do they want to do that again? i think it is a bit of bluffing. i don't think they really want to do that. in terms of the president winning, he has won, though he will catch a lot of grief as byron alluded to from the left for, if he goes up to 400,000, for example, t think he should stick at 250 and don't want any kind of social security cuts and that is on the table apparently in the the new deal, so in that sense he'll catch flak. but, overall, yes, he'll get what he wanted in terms of taxes, and has given up very little in terms of cuts and, look he didn't run on cutting the government, really. he ran on raising taxes, and, so republicans keep saying, well, there is no cuts, no cuts and the president never really said that much about cuts -- >> you do understand it isn't really going to do anything about our national debt. >> i totally understand that. but for republicans to expect the president to have led o that, i don't think they were paying attention to the election. >> chris: he doesn't -- >> no. here's what they should have done, they should have a month ago agreed on some sort of deal on the tax cuts. they were going to have to do it anyway and then hammered the president, every day on spending cut. and instead, they got out maneuvered and spent all of this time arguing over taxes and now in the end, they -- obama will basically get everything he wants, and the republicans will be left with almost nothing. >> chris: senator? >> it could be a victory, because the president will get what he want but i think, as yo point out, previously, in your previous panel pointed out, it doesn't solve the problem, raising taxes on the wealthy doesn't solve our debt problem. people are quickly going to pivot and focus on that and approaching the debt ceiling, as we saw two years ago, the republicans have more leverage. why? the president will request to borrow another 2, $3 trillion. and that doesn't poll well with the american people and the republicans have a stronger hand then and they have taken a step back and conceded on tax rates, but it will be to focus a little bit later in two months on spending entitlements -- >> he has been saying repeatedly in the last, a bad habit, we will not get into this thing, that -- this habit of trading, you know, a trillion dollar increase in the debt limit for a trillion dollars in spending cuts. who is bluffing? kirsten says she thinks the republicans or is it the president, he'll say, you are trying to condition this on spending cuts. we'll go over the debt default. >> i don't think either side is bluffing. but look at the recent past... when the payroll tax cut, about expired the republicanslinked on that. when we were about to default on the debt, the president blinked on that. so, today, when we're approaching the cliff, and taxes are going up, the republicans are blinking. as we approach the debt ceiling the president is going to -- the president is getting more today and the republicans get more of what they want the first part of march, neither side will default the country and run that kind of risk, we'll have a series of minimalist deals, taking a bite at a time out of the problem and the reason for that, psychology, philosophy, and core politics make it very, very hard. that is why, at the end of the day it is gift. >> chris: one thing the economy -- the business community was begging for, it was certainty from washington. we don't care what you do. good policy, bad policy, give us a policy we know we'll live under for the next few years and we can start to make decisions. i don't see how a business man would have any idea what will happen as a result of what is happening here or looking ahead two months to the debt ceiling. >> i agree. i think obama -- president obama out maneuvered the congressional republicans. maybe it isn't hasometimes, but can't out maneuver reality and the reality is we are running a $1 trillion deficit and the deal does nothing about that and does nothing to stimulate economic growth and irresponsibly cuts defense and we'll pay a terrible price for that, as a country, and he is the only president we have and this is where -- i'm not making it a partisan point, a terrible failure of leadership, he's the president and the truth is, the speaker can't do it and minority and majority leader can't do it. he has to be serious about dealing with reality and reality is the real cliff we are going over which is this debt cliff and monetary cliff, and i'm worried a foreign policy cliff and not merely the little, you know, fiscal cliff we have to deal with january 1st. >> chris: all right, panel we have to take a breake here, whe we come back the panel dusts off the crystal ball and gives us their predictions for 2013. ♪ ♪ >> chris: check out fox news sunday.com, for behind-the-scenes features, panel-plus, and, our special monday preview of the week ahead. you can find it at foxnewssunday.com and be sure and let us know what you think. stay tuned, for more from our panel. ♪ [ male announcial is not about getting fios, it's about getting fios. that moment after you finally got it that you actually get it. the difference 100% fiber optics makes and you say "woah we are not on cable anymore." when online videos aren't herky jerky, you get it. or when a movie downloads in two minutes, you get it. 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>> i think it will be a year of foreign policy, all the talk about the fiscal cliff is interesting and we'll stumble along and the economy will stumble along and, i think we will have big foreign policy challenges an crises with respect to iran, afghanistan, syria, and i think that will be the dominant preoccupation of the year. >> chris: when it comes to iran which i know, is still a preoccupation of yours, a year from now will we talk about the diplomatic deal that has been accomplished, military action taken or the fact we are still then same mess. >> i think the military action that will have been taken. >> chris: by us or israel. >> i don't know. >> chris: well that is enough. there you go. senator bayh. >> believe it or tho not, the election is over but another one is always about to begin and i think you will see the vice president, probably making trips, at some point in the first half of the year to places like iowa and new hampshire, just to pick states at random, because he would like to set the stage for the next -- winning the democratic presidential nomination, in four years, of course the party is going to wait and see what hillary clinton wants to do, if she died not to run the vice president starts off as the favorite in kneeled and it will include several othe. >> chris: you are saying, joe biden, who in four years would be in his -- i think 73 or something, and the oldest first-term president in our country, you think he is serious about running. >> 73 in the u.s. senate, is a youth member, and that is where the vice president's roots are and yes, i think he'll make a decision sometime later, put to keep his options open, he'll be courting donors and activists in ohio and new hampshire and elsewhere. >> i think the implementation of obamacare will be the political story of 2013. the rise in cost in premiums, dislocations on the job, more people put into part-time status. controversy over the start of the exchanges, with republican governors refusing to do it in their states. and, the loss of employer-based health coverage. for a lot of people, you have to remember, president obama campaigned by saying, if you like your coverage now, you can keep it. that will be put to the test, this year. >> chris: kirsten? >> i think that based on what happened in the last election, the republicans finally realized, for political reasons, they will have to start to look at immigration reform, something the president ed to do before, but, really couldn't, because the republicans weren't interested in doing it. i think whether something will be passed this year or not is hard to say, definitely we'll start to see people moving towards some things, and, involved, like a path to citizenship. >> chris: areas in which the panel may be shakier but no less certain of themselves. entertainment. >> i think the metropolitan opera's production... will be -- for some of us will be -- i know! i know! opera... the reason i'm saying it will be the opera performance of the year, someone was kind enough to give us tickets, in a couple of weeks and i'm a huge fan and i'm looking forward to it and you guys can cover the movies. >> chris: i predict my wife will try to get me to the opera again in 2013 and once again, she will fail, senator? >> chris, i think the one thing i can say about the new year, congress's job approval will be stuck in the teens... >> chris: entertainment. >> i know, but that is my way of saying, i think next year's oscar for tragedy or farce, will go to the u.s. economy, their inability to deal with basic problems that face the problem will continue and for those of you who want real entertainment, tune into our program or watch c-span, if you are a glutton for punishment. >> more hollywood, and, politically conscious hollywood, lincoln will sweep, best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, and best rector and the left will take a message from this for president obama, please, cut corners, get things done and don't worry about the constitution, and that will be message. >> byron is wrong, ben afleck will get best director for argo. which is an excellent movie, and i think you know, he's very popular, in hollywood, and i think that he did an excellent job with his movies and does great acting in it and the other movie that i think will be up will be "zero dark 30" though there is criticism because of the torture stuff and hollywood doesn't like those kinds of things. >> chris: let's move on, the economy. >> i think the fed's zero interest rate policy will be more of a problem than people realize today. and, there will be a crisis, people will understand, the need for monetary policy, not just fiscal policy and the gold standard, ridiculed, will come back into serious discussion as a way to constrain the fed's endless money to finance our endless deficit. >> chris: senator. >> housing, which led us into the recession and caused the financial pa
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fiscal cliff. what will happen and how will it affect you? >>> we will be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. and so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect and some people aren't going to like it and some people will like it less but that is where we are. >> chris: the two senate leaders mitch mccon and harry lead on the last ditch effort to put together a deal to arod the fiscal cliff. time for our sunday group, bill kristol. evan bayh, byron york and kirsten powers. well, bill, you just heard mitch mcconnell say he is hopeful and optimistic. will congress pass something in the next 48 hours, something to avoid the fiscal cliff? >> i don't know. but i guess probably. and it will be a bad deal but i suppose better than doing nothing. amazing every working american's taxes will go up on january 1. they are doing nothing about the payroll tax which is a big increase, 2%. and we will have totally irresponsible defense cuts. everybody agrees this is probably bad policy to have middle class americans taxes go up and this is what congress thinks is a good deal.
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when tax hikes and budget cuts swoop down from the fiscal cliff. the two senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are work on a stopgap bill. >> at some point, the negotiating process, it appears that there are things that stop us from moving forward. i hope we are not there but we are getting close. >> i want everyone to know i am willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: the legislation would prevent a tax increase for reveille 98% of the -- for roughly 98% of workers extend unemployment benefits and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicare doctors. >> we should introduce legislation that would make sure middle class taxes stay where they are and there should an up or down vote. >> reporter: if they reach a deal it won't pass congress necessarily by monday night. if it doesn't every body income tax also go up. average family would pay an extra $3446 more in 2013. and farm programs would expire. potentially doubling the price of milk. and if congress doesn't pass a new bill. >> we will come back with a new congress in january 4th and the first bill that
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two-hour fox report as the fiscal cliff deadline nears on the eve of the last stock market day of theae year. we will be all over it with deadlines and they are trying to get a vote, something together. "huckabee" starts now. >> this week on the journal editorial report. a look back at the year that was and what is ahead for 2013. 2012 was a tough year for conservatives on the national level, but in the states, some hopeful signs of reform, and looking forward, is the economy headed for rebound orie session? will the new year bring a with iran? our panel is here with their prediction. >>> welcome to this special edition of "the journal editorial report" as we look back at the year that was and the challenges that face us in 2013. first to our stories of 2012 and america's left turn from the supreme court's landmark health care decision to the re-election of president barack obama, politics on the national level headed in a decidedly liberal direction. so what happened? and what does it mean for the country going forward? joining the panel this week, "wall streetf journal" columnis
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we're a little over 24 hours away from going over the cliff, the so-called fiscal cliff that occurs at midnight on december 31, tomorrow. this cliff is self-imposed. it is a penalty that we voted for if we failed to deal with the deficit that our nation faces. and unfortunately, as of this moment we've not reached an agreement to avoid it. i haven't given up hope. conversations and negotiations continue all through this day, and i'm sure into tomorrow. and i hope by the end of the day, by the end of tomorrow night we can celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of a new year with good news for the american people. this is exactly the wrong time for us to go over this cliff. we are in the midst of an economic recovery. we are seeing new job creation. businesses are seeing new growth. we are seeing the kind of economic indicators we've been waiting for for years. this going over the cliff is going to bring uncertainty to our markets, and with that uncertainty a pull back of consumer confidence and a reduction, i'm afraid, of business activity and the creation of new jobs. ther
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that we have been talking about right now, this is the only shot we havto avoid the fiscal cliff. the fact that they are giving another shot over the next 48 hours, it is probably as good of a result from the meeting s you could've expected. gerri: i love ending on an optimistic note. that is nitely good news. i would like to thank all my guests are you think you all for yo fine alysis and thank you for your help tonight. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> happy new year. gerri: how would you describe today's closed-door fiscal cliff meeting between the president and congressional leaders? do you believe it was a political stunt or real negotiation? la mancha gerriwillis.com, vote on the right-hand side of the screen, i will share the results of the end of the show. stilahead tonight, it's not just the fisca cliff mess that congress has leftundone. there is a whole lot of other work that our lawmers should have done this year but did not. i will tell you all about it. and we will be right back when some people struggle with their mortgage payments, they become frozen, petrified. not knowing what to do, they do nothing, but the people who do so
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are the top stories this hour. right now, congress scrambling to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff before tuesday's deadline president the senate and house are convening while senate negotiators work at a plan to prevent massive spending cuts and tax hikes from kicking in january 1st. president obama appeared today on nbc's "meet the press" and said the cuts in spending need to be fairly distributed. >> what i'm not willing to do is to have the entire burden of deficit reduction rest on the shoulders of seniors making students pay a higher student loan rates, ruining our capacity to invest in things like basic research that help our economy grow. >> in news overseas the bodies of the dead are being carried away in syria today. at least 397 people were killed saturday. that is the deadliest day so far in the 21-month long civil war. another 52 died today. the joint u.n. arab league envoy said the situation is rapidly deteriorating but that a solution is still possible. >>> in massachusetts boston's mayor lifted a snow emergency a little earlier today. more than a foot of snow fell o
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of the problems. under the mandatory cuts of the fiscal cliff, the federal aviation administration would lose $800 million, and more than 2,000 air traffic controllers. fewer controllers mean fewer planes moving passengers and cargo. warns the air traffic controllers association. >> fb's pocketbook and livelihood is tied to the aviation system, so the impact of the aviation system not being able to provide the service that they do today would be devastating. >> reporter: if washington can't reach a compromise, the economic recovery could stall. if we cannot figure this out, they're putting a bunch of huge and ugly potholes on a road that was supposedly going to get us to economic recovery. >> reporter: in fact, air traffic controllers warn that more than 100 small airports could lose their control towers. jobs and revenue that may never come back. john bentley, cbs news, new york. >> winter storms are spreading across the country, a massive storm that created havoc east of the mississippi is now headed to new england. that storm left a trail of power outages in the southeast after
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our government. host: can you take us through the next 48 hours on this debate on the fiscal cliff? what needs to happen? caller: ok. i say, the president should be willing to come up to $300,000, as far as tax increases. we need revenue. $400,000, some people make that. we need revenue. the only way to get it is to get it from people who actually have the money. there is no shame in helping our government. this is our government. the republicans need to understand that social security and medicare -- listen, those are so important. people are talking about i do not want children paying the bill. they will need social security as well. i want republicans to realize that they were elected to do the will of the people. not just the three% or whatever. they all need to understand that we are all affected by their thinking -- the president won the election, right? host: thank you for the call. i want to take you through some of the effects, if we do go off the fiscal cliff, if congress takes no action. this is the chart from the new york times of what will happen immediately and in the
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